East End Aikikai
1918 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: (412) 421-3686 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh's only United States Aikido Federation dojo
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Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba or O Sensei ("Great Teacher"). Aikido utilizes circular movements to redirect the momentum of an attacker. Although Aikido is a martial art founded on techniques of self-defense, its ultimate goal is perfecting the spirit. Through diligent practice, students overcome discord in themselves and learn to remain calm and centered in all situations. Aikido is practiced with a partner, does not rely on physical strength, and can be practiced by people of all abilities.
The word Aikido is formed by three Japanese characters:
Why practice Aikido?
There are as many reasons for practicing Aikido as there are Aikido students. Here are some common reasons:
Often the reasons that people continue to practice Aikido are different from the reasons that initially drew them to the practice.
How is Aikido different from other martial arts?
Unlike karate, kung fu, and taekwondo, Aikido emphasizes throwing and pinning techniques rather than striking techniques. Aikido techniques lend themselves to controlling an attacker without needing to harm the attacker. Unlike judo and mixed martial arts, Aikido does not involve competition. Aikido practioners strive to overcome the need to compete against and triumph over others and instead seek to work together to raise their level of practice.Click here to learn more about Aikido.