Which martial art is the best?
It’s a subject of great debate but again, no one art is better than another if you haven’t decided what you want from it.
It’s best to look at the martial arts in two distinct forms. Waring arts and peacetime arts. In other words, arts that are developed for battle conditions and those which develop you mentally and physically between wars.
Martial arts for the purposes of war are constantly evolving with technology and modern methods of warfare removing the unnecessary techniques.
Martial arts for the purpose of peacetime are developed to refine the waring arts and develop the soldiers, mind, body and spirit. Aikido is a peacetime art that develops you mentally and physically but also benefits other parts of your life. For example, it teaches you to be calm and to use an attackers force against them. This is as relevant to the dojo as it is the workplace.
The way of harmony
Is Aikido Practical
Yes, and many of our students apply its principles in their day to day jobs. Aikido uses many of the same techniques found in practically all martial arts. Arm and wrist locks, throws, are universal across most arts – after all, human anatomy is the same. However, Aikido’s focus is on movement and flow and isn’t designed as a combative, sparing art.
If you want to feel confident about defending yourself then Aikido is absolutely practical and effective. If you want to put yourself in an arena competing with other martial arts, Aikido isn’t your best choice.
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