AIKIDO MARTIAL ARTS
The History of Aikido
In case you did not know, Aikido is a type of martial arts that is found in many places over the world. This is a very popular type of martial arts that many people have come to really love and respect. Today we are going to talk a little bit more about the history of Aikido so you an get a better understanding of where it comes from. When you get done reading this, you will see that Aikido has a long history, but over the many years it has been around, it has pretty much been unchanged.
Before we get into more details about Aikido, we need to talk about the founder of Aikido. The man who started it is known as Morihei Ueshiba, and he was born in Japan in 1883. Many people asked him why he started Aikido, and it all started when he was a boy. Growing up, he would always see the local thugs beating up his father over political reasons. Seeing this upset him a lot, and he set out to make himself more powerful. All of this was so that he could take revenge. For many years he devoted himself to very hard physical training and mental training as well. During this time he mastered martial arts and even received certificates of the jujitsu and fencing fighting styles as well. Over time, he would also come to master the spear.
Despite all that he did, Morihei never felt like he became as strong as he needed to be. It was at this time he drove himself deep in to religion so that he could get deeper insight into life. During this time he kept pursuing his studies of different martial arts. This is soon where he came up with the idea for Aikido. This is where you train and combined not only your martial arts training, but a religious and political training as well. It was not until 1942 when he finally came up with the name Aikido.
When you study Aikido, you can see that it has a lot of different fighting styles in it. On the more technical side, it is a lot like jujitsu. However, he also worked in a lot of sword fighting and spear fighting. Pretty much, he took the best of all three of them and combined them into one amazing martial arts style. If you want to look at it a little bit more simply. You could say that he took the throws, joint locks, and things like that from jujitsu and combine it with the style and body movements of the spear and sword fighting that he studied earlier in life. That is about as simple as you can look at it. Although there is a lot more mixed in with it, this is the best way to understand what it is.
By combining these three things, you do get a fighting style that is hard to master, but fun to learn. It really is hard for other styles of martial arts to defend against it, because the body style is a lot more different than current styles of today. As you already know, this kind of fighting style, however, is not all about fighting, it has a lot of religious aspects thrown in as well.
The goal of Aikido was to unite everyone under one single heavenly kingdom on earth. The dream of the founder of Aikido was to have all religions work together and unite as one. Of course, this turned out to be one of the hardest things for many people to do. So many people are so caught up in their own religion that they can not take time to view other peoples’.
There are a lot of cool things that you can learn about Aikido when you research it. For example, did you know that Japan Police officers have to hold a black belt (or as they call it a Shodan) in Aikido? Not only that, but Aikido is the only kind of martial arts that is allowed in the U.S federal prison system. Also, Aikido was the very first martial arts form that was freed after the ban of all Japanese martial art forms during WWII. People who know Steven Seagal will be shocked to find out that Aikido is the type of martial arts that he uses, and he holds a 7th degree black belt in it.
The main thing to note about Aikido is that it tires to unite people. Also, like many other forms of fighting, it is made to be used in self defenses. It is not used for hurting people. This goes with the religious aspect of all of it. You have to learn to treat others the way that you want to be treated. If you are being attacked, however, you have to be able to defend yourself as the father of Aikido wanted to do in the first place.
Aikido is a style that has a very long history in this world. It has been spread all over, and people are still using it today. In fact, Aikido is one of the most studied types of martial arts in the world right now. That is because it is studied in such places like Japan and the United States (just to name a few spots). It may take you many years to master this kind of fighting style, but the main thing to keep in mind is that it is not something that is suppose to come fast. It is something that is suppose to come with time. That is what Aikido is based on, and you have to go about learning it in the same way the father of it did. This can be hard for many people to do, but if you can do it, then Aikido is one of the best kinds of fightings styles that you can learn. Although a lot of people do not want to believe that, its the truth, and it has been proven over the years. However, before you jump into it, remember that it is hard, and it is going to take time to learn how to do it.