Aikido is a Japanese martial art that includes techniques for bare-handed wrestling, using weapons, and dealing with the armed enemy. It was promoted throughout Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Aikido is known for its joint-twisting and pinning techniques (kansetsu-waza) and its thrusting and stunning blows (atemi-waza). The advanced student is a aster of techniques to break the opponent’s balance or ward off a thrust or grasp. Aikido techniques have the power to kill or injure, but fundamentally their purpose is to seize and control the opponent.

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