Aikido

Aikido is unique among martial arts in that it emphasizes blending and awareness rather than force or resistance.  Aside from the recent popularity of Aikido in Hollywood, Aikido is a rapidly growing martial art in the United States. Aikido is currently the martial art of choice among police forces nationwide because of its emphasis on controlling an attacker rather than intentionally causing injury.

The Way of Harmonizing Energy, Aikido, was developed in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) and is based on traditional Japanese unarmed combat and weapons arts (sword and staff). Aikido emphasizes the use of blending with an attack rather than blocking and resisting. Its techniques rely on proper posture and balance. Aikido practice not only develops your cardiovascular system but develops your coordination and concentration as well.  Aikido techniques rely on redirecting an attacker's force and either applying a joint lock with a pin or a powerful throw to neutralize the attack.