Aikido, the way of harmony, is a non-violent martial art that redirects the aggressor's energy into a multitude of spirals that eventually terminate with an immobilization or a projection of the attacker. Aikido is essentially the accumulation of many other Japanese martial arts that have been refined into one unified system by Master Ueshiba Morihei in the early 1900's. In particular, the arts of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu and the various schools of Jujutsu formed the core of Aikido techniques, however Yarijutsu (the art of the spear) and Kenjutsu (the art of the sword) contributed to many of the defensive patterns.
Generally speaking, Aikido is considered a grappling art. Although the Aikido repertoire contains numerous striking techniques, the grappling techniques are Aikido's strength. The restraining and immobilization forms are very popular with law enforcement personnel, and Aikido is the main martial art taught to the internationally recognized Japanese Riot Police. The throwing techniques are spectacular to watch and have given Aikido the recognition of being one of the most formidable of martial arts.
The University of Maryland Aikido Club is a registered sports club at the University of Maryland at College Park. We are affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU), particularly with the main dojo in Washington D.C. We also host and participate in many martial arts seminars. If you have any further questions, read our Frequently Asked Questions document.
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