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Aikido as a Hobby

Aikido is a self-defense system which has its origin in Japan. It is basically the use of twisting and turning techniques in order to defend yourself. Recently, it is being introduced in the West as well. It has received a very positive response and received well in the western world as a self-defense technique.


If you really want to opt for a hobby which is not only a pastime but highly useful as well Aikido is one of the best options for you. It is one of the rare self-defense technique which does not injure or attack the other person.



What is Aikido?


Aikido literally stands for peaceful martial art. It revolves around 3 different techniques in order to defend yourself which are:


• Twisting


• Throwing


• Joint lock


It does not involve high aggression as it does not encourage you to punch or kick the opponent. It just uses the energy of motion in order to defend yourself.



Benefits of Aikido as a Hobby:


There are quite a few benefits of Aikido which include:


•  Self-defense


•  Full body exercise


•  Self-discipline


•  Situational awareness


•  Defending yourself without hurting the opponent



Technique of Aikido:


When you look at the various techniques which are used in Aikido, you would realize that there are 10 different techniques to learn. These techniques include:


•  Tachiwaza-mae


• Tachiwaza-ushiro


• Suwariwaza


•   Hanmi handachiwaza


• Tantodori


• Tachidori


•  Jodori


•  Kaeshiwaza


•  Henkawaza


•  Kogeki 



Once you know these techniques of Aikido, it would be easier for you to defend yourself and to develop the proper self-defense techniques by practicing these. You would be able to use a variety of different techniques in conjunction in order to defend yourself.


Also, one more importance of learning Aikido is to gain proper harmony among the energy as well as the physical existence of the body.


The primary benefit of learning Aikido is that it is a self-defense art which can come in handy. In addition to that, without injuring the opponent you would be able to defend yourself which is an added advantage of Aikido. It can take up to 6 to 8 months in order to learn all the techniques as well. However, mastering Aikido can take an even longer period of time.


Thus, if you want to take up a new hobby which would help you in defending yourself, Aikido is the perfect option for you. Once you know about the basic Aikido techniques, it would be easier for you to defend yourself in any kind of situation.


The aikido martial arts could be a practice you have never done before and spectating and participating in it are two different things. The art takes time to perfect so it will require a little effort and dedication in the practice. Despite the challenges that come with it the Aikido is fun and very rewarding.



Related hobbies: Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu


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