Two days ago I have happened to stumble on a great site. This site teaches some principles of the Aikido. I was only knowing that Aikido is some form of martial arts and I only saw it in movies with Steven Segal. I didn’t know anything about its principles or about its mind-body connection.
Here’s how the site defines Aikido:
So what exactly is this thing called Aikido? Okay, it is a martial art. The most effective martial art in the world, I believe. Because it does not rely on speed, or strength, or youth, or athleticism, or size, or weight for its success. It relies on your own internal mind/body state. And it relies on the fact that, when someone attacks another human being, that attacker has broken some unwritten universal law, and has thereby made himself vulnerable.
Being personally interested in the Ki (energy) part of Aikido I found a lot of interesting information on the site. It includes the basics, such as feeling the one-point (which is located exactly where the dan-tien is), correct postures and the power of relaxation. Relaxation seems to be the most important aspect of Aikido, as I understood it.
The site has several interesting contents features such as:
- Ki exercises – 12 exercises to feel and increase the Ki energy and using the body in the right way. All exercises come with good explanation, tips, photos and a video. Interesting that exercises 4 is somewhat similar to the second exercise in the 1 minute refresher I posted a month ago.
- Cool Ki tricks – these are some game like exercises to be used with a partner to show the effectiveness of the Aikido principles. Includes 4 tricks, such as "unbendable arm" and "unliftable body". All tricks come with animations and explanations to perform.
- Daily life – Applying Aikido in daily life, including in business, music, basketball, trauma and more.
I wanted you to read at least the basics and the Ki tricks. I would also like you to try the tricks on the site and write your results in the comments. If you have some more personal experience with Aikido, please share.
To read about my results with the Ki Tricks, read my post: Experimenting with the Aikido Ki tricks
Link: The Body Mind & Modem site.