ai·​ki·​do | \ ī-ˈkē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce aikido (audio) , ˌī-ki-ˈdō How to pronounce aikido (audio) \

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

Examples of aikido in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Founder and Director Heidi Stoeckley, a graduate of the Julliard School of Dance and a professional dancer, offers classes in ballet, modern dance, yoga and aikido, along with private lessons. William Thornton |, al, 25 Sep. 2019 An inversion of that history, in which Americans practice aikido or grow fluent in Japanese social customs in order to get by, is fascinating to watch the show parse. Karen Han, Vox, 6 Oct. 2018 Chay’s and JK Lee both offer Taekwondo, but there are many different styles of martial arts, including karate, aikido and kung fu. Gina Rich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2017 Like chokes, arm and wristlocks—standard techniques in judo, jiujitsu, and aikido—are relatively simple to learn but incredibly easy to take too far. Michael Thomsen, Slate Magazine, 10 Aug. 2017 The block’s second- and third-floor spaces are occupied by residential tenants, law offices, an aikido dojo, an artist and a violin maker. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of aikido

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aikido

Japanese aikidō, from ai- match, coordinate + ki breath, spirit + art, way

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“Aikido.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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