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    Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

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    by annieli on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:43:18 AM PDT

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    •  So Aikido is akin to Judo. (3+ / 0-)
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      by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:26:01 PM PDT

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      •  mostly true (5+ / 0-)

        Aikido is actually founded on jui jutsu (Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu) which Judo also hails from

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        by duhban on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:34:07 PM PDT

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        •  Similar in principle to Tai Chi/Kung Fu as well? (1+ / 0-)
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          by bmcphail on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:38:15 PM PDT

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          •  well now that's more complicated (2+ / 0-)
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            Kung Fu (more properly known as Whushu) is a collection of diverse techniques and disciplines over the centuries. This ranged from Drunken Boxen to Elemental Boxing to Animal forms to T'ai chi ch'uan (Tao Chi).  Most people think Kung Fu is a specific style when the truth is more complicated. It's more a loose collection of techniques and styles that are passed on from master to student.  And that doesn't even get into differentiating from say Southern Mantis Kung Fu from Northern Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu.

            Honestly untangling the origins of any of the Eastern fighting style are horribly complicated. They all are influenced by each other and none of them were hesitant to incorporate elements of the philosophy of a different style. And some like Shaolin Kung Fu  simply absorbed into it's tool set anything it found to work including complete fighting styles.

            Everyone puts their own 'spin' on the martial art they practice and it's highly common for serious practitioners to study several different styles. Bruce Lee for example invented Jeet Kune Do for example as a completely new martial art though he used his experience in a variety of martial arts to do so.

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            by duhban on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:02:51 PM PDT

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            •  Very interesting (0+ / 0-)

              We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

              by bmcphail on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 06:49:30 PM PDT

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