On 01 April 2011, Aikikai Singapore
organised a Combined Training to do our part to raise funds
for disaster victims in Japan. It was very successful with more than
50 members who donated generously to this good cause. The collection
of well over $2,000 was handed over to the Singapore Red Cross for
their ongoing dispatch of help to the affected areas in Japan.
The Management Committee sincerely thanks all members/donors for
their generosity and compassion for this worthy cause and also their
support towards Aikikai Singapore to participate in this combined
training. We also appreciate the warm message delivered to us by our
Japanese Aikido members.
Last but not least, special thanks to John Tee Sensei for sponsoring
the dinner and drinks for this combined training-cum-fundraising
What is Aikido?
Aikido(合氣道:あいきどう, also written as 合気道:あいきどう)
is a gendai budo, a modern Japanese martial art, developed by
Morihei Ueshiba. The art consists of striking, body throw and
joint locking techniques and is known for its fluidity and blending
with an attacker, rather than meeting force with force.
The word aikido is formed of three Japanese characters,
合 - ai - joining
氣 - ki - spirit
道 - do - way
Disarming an attacker using a tachi-dori ("sword-taking")
technique.Aiki is a martial arts principle or tactic. It typically
describes an idea of oneness or blending in the midst of combat.
This principle finds expressions in such lethal concepts as ai-uchi
(ai-uchi), meaning "mutual strike/kill", but in aikido
it generally describes the more elevated notion of blending rather
than clashing. Emphasis is upon joining with the rhythm and intent
of the opponent in order to find the optimal position and timing
with which to apply the technique.
The techniques of aikido can, when applied judiciously,
divert or immobilize rather than damage or kill. As a result, some
consider aikido to be a practical symbol of meeting aggression (physical,
verbal, etc.) with an effective but merciful response, and finding
harmony in conflict. Ueshiba declared, "To control aggression
without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."
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