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To the World Combat Games, and one of the sports in the spotlight is Aikido. The martial art is initially from Japan, but is growing in popularity around the world.
Aikido was invented by Japanese sensei Morihei Ueshiba and was developed into a martial art that incorporates both skill and style.
The competitors’ movements are designed to be as smooth and flowing as the uniforms they wear.
Aikido is a combat sport that does not require a lot physical strength. But make no mistake, focus and discipline are a must. Athletes from around the world are in Beijing to show how it’s done.
In Aikido, you use your opponent’s actions to enact the crucial moves, absorbing the attacker’s momentum and turning him toward the mat.
But when you watch the athletes in action, you begin to wonder if it is really a combat sport. Is it a way toward better self-defense? Could you actually hurt someone with this? The answer is yes.
Although the competitors seem to be moving in slow-motion, Aikido is actually performed at various speeds. That’s part of the skill set on display in a contact sport that focuses more on balance than brute force.
|Aikido was invented by Japanese sensei Morihei Ueshiba and was developed into a |
martial art that incorporates both skill and style.