How is aikido different than other martial
First and foremost, aikido is not a sport!
A major distinguishing characteristic of Aikido from other
martial arts is it has no competitions, tournaments, contests,
Rather, aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a
pace commensurate with the abilities of each student, with an
emphasis on nonviolence.
According to the founder, the goal of aikido is not the
defeat of others, but the defeat of the negative
characteristics which inhabit your own mind and inhibit its
At the same time, the potential of aikido as a means of
self-defense should not
be ignored. One important reason for the prohibition of
competition in aikido is that many aikido techniques would have
to be eliminated from class practice because of their potential
to cause serious injury.
At Rockford Aikido we train to better ourselves without
belittling others. By training cooperatively, even potentially
lethal techniques can be practiced without substantial risk.
And, since Aikido seeks not to cause harm, techniques can be
practiced eventually at full power without fear of injury.
Aikido theory is both simple and complex. There is always
some new facet to be gleaned and polished by practicing the
same techniques with infinite variety and combinations, over
and over, and over and over again.
It must be emphasized that there are no shortcuts to
proficiency in aikido (or in anything else worthwhile, for that
matter). Consequently, attaining proficiency in aikido is
simply a matter of sustained and dedicated training. No one
becomes an expert in just a few months or years.
When practiced diligently and sincerely with a focus on its
original martial background and intention, it can be one of the
most effective means of self defense ever devised.