aikido


ai·ki·do

noun \ˌī-ki-ˈdō, ī-ˈkē-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of AIKIDO

:  a Japanese art of self-defense employing locks and holds and utilizing the principle of nonresistance to cause an opponent's own momentum to work against him

Origin of AIKIDO

Japanese aikidō, from ai- match, coordinate + ki breath, spirit + art, way
First Known Use: 1956

Rhymes with AIKIDO

aikido

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Japanese art of self-defense. It employs locks and holds and utilizes the principle of nonresistance to cause an opponent's own momentum to work against him or her. Aikido emphasizes the importance of achieving complete mental calm and control of one's own body to master an opponent's attack. There are no offensive moves. It traces its origins to Japanese martial (samurai) traditions dating to the 14th century, and it was developed as a modern form in the early 20th century by Ueshiba Morihei. See martial art.

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