Monday, March 9, 2009


Couple of months ago I joined the Aikido of Bombay dojo. Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. At the heart of Aikido is the Eastern concept of Ki - the universal creative principle. Aikido seeks to unite this universal Ki with the Ki found within each person. Literally, Aikido translates as "the way of harmony with Ki".

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido movement emphasises on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular, dance-like motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent.

Aikido is not as simple as it appears. When the teacher demonstrates a move, it looks quiet simple and doable. But when I am on the mat facing my opponent, I fumble to make the move. However, I am learning and having fun.

Aikido of Bombay

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