What Is Aikido?

Learn what aikido is from the instructors at The New York Aikikai in this Howcast aikido video.


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Are you a fan of Steven Seagal's martial arts moves? He's an expert in aikido, a Japanese martial art that focuses on self-defense moves that help you turn an attacker's energy against him. Learn how to become an aikido practitioner yourself with the demonstrations by New York Aikikai instructors in these videos.



Aikido is generally encompassed as a defensive martial art. So it is not intended to work as an aggressive application of these martial techniques. It's supposed to be applied when somebody is expressing aggressive movement towards you. A lot of the times in training this kind of has an aspect of roll playing and you are going along with the movements of your partner. In that sense it can be just a very good way to work out. It's excellent movement. There is a lot of fun involved. In my opinion it is a very aesthetically beautiful art. The movement is flowing and it's generally a very fun and pretty thing to be involved with. That is not to say, however, that Aikido is not to be considered a martial art. Aikido has roots that comes from a very aggressive standpoint and that is an excellent way to approach your Aikido with your training if that is what you are looking for. Aikido does not have to be applied strongly. It can be practiced in a very relaxed pace if that is what you like. If you would like it to be more of a martial art an actual aggressive application you can certainly find that within Aikido. Aikido has a wonderful way of becoming whatever it is that you need it to become. If you just need some way to be physical want to learn some new type of physical movement Aikido can be perfect for that. If you want to learn self defense and you are genuinely interested in learning a martial technique that is capable of keeping someone at bay or resolving conflict, Aikido can certainly do that for you as well. Whatever it is you are looking for in Aikido be it physical activity movement looking for a spiritual way or active applicable martial technique; Aikido can have all of those things.


  • New York Aikikai

    The New York Aikikai is home to chief instructor Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei (8th Dan, Shihan, President of the United States Aikido Federation), a direct student of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. With over 50 years of history, the New York Aikikai is the oldest continuously-operating dojo in the continental United States. World renowned and respected for its traditional aikido instruction and outstanding faculty, it offers unmatched training opportunities for beginners and advanced students alike. The New York Aikikai is an international hub for aikido, drawing students from around the world with its unique blend of quality, tradition and innovation.