Aikido Moves for Beginners

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Learn aikido techniques and moves in these free online video martial arts lessons, including arm locks, head strikes, and various throws.

Series Summary

Aikido, the modern Japanese martial art, was developed between the 1920s and 1960s and emphasizes the spiritual and philosophical development of its students. This development of spirituality and philosophical belief is directly derived from Shinto and Buddhism. The name “aikido” comes directly from three Japanese characters that stand for “matching,” “spirit,” and “way.” Aikido is meant to distract or immobilize, not kill or permanently damage the attacker. Aikido fighters are thus demonstrating an effective but merciful response. Ueshiba (the Great Teacher of Aikido) declared “To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” In this series of videos, see an expert demonstrate aikido moves, strikes, throws, locks, and drops. Practice with our expert as he shows you how to do an arm lock. Take it a step further and learn an arm lock throw. Then, challenge yourself and learn a bent arm lock. Learn different elbow moves, including an elbow drop throw and an elbow throw. In Aikido, the head is a powerful weapon; watch as our expert demonstrates head strikes or “shomen ate.” See how to do a head throw and the more difficult spinning head throw. You’ll learn how to disarm an attacker using a reverse throw, a reverse wrist throw or turning wrist lock.

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