Aikido is a Japanese martial art. It teaches techniques that blend with the movement of an attacker, leading them off-balance and allowing them to be thrown or pinned to the ground.
Aikido techniques teach timing, sensitivity and especially co-ordinated body movement, to bring an attacker under control without relying on brute force.
Aikido is part of the Japanese tradition of budō, or ‘martial ways’. The purpose of budō is personal development, promoting calm, focus, discipline, resilience and compassion.
The aikido training method involves partner practice where each partner adapts to the level of the other. This allows new and experienced, young and old, weak and strong to train together for mutual benefit. Aikido practice can therefore be slow and gentle or extremely intense and powerful, depending on the level of the partners involved.