What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art, related to Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Aikido is different from other martial arts in that the practitioner seeks to achieve self-defense without injuring attackers. The aikidoka harmonizes with, rather than confronts a linear attack and converts it into a circular motion that unbalances the attacker. Then, instead of using potentially crippling kicks or punches, the aikidoka trains to apply various wrist locks, arm pins or throws to neutralize aggressors without causing serious injury.
The word Aikido is composed of three Japanese characters, Ai 合, which means harmony, Ki 氣, which means spirit of energy, and Do 道, the path, the system or the way. Aikido, 合氣道, is the way of spirit of harmony.
Aikido of Rochester, Minnesota
We are a satelite dojo of the Twin Cities Aikido Center and, as such, periodically attend classes in the Twin Cities. Dojo Members who wish to test are required to join the United States Aikido Federation. All tests above 6th Kyu are done at the TCAC.