Aikido Terminology

Aikido Terminology




Here is a useful list of Aikido Terminology, and Aikido Terms to help your understanding of this amazing art founded by master Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.



Ai - love, harmony, compassion, wisdom.


Aiki - harmony with the universe.


Aikidoka - person who practices Aikido. 


Aikido - the way of spiritual harmony.


Atemi - distracting strike or blow.


Bokken - wooden practice sword.


Budo - spiritual path of a warrior.


Dan/Degree - ranking for black belts. 


Dogi - practice uniform, often called gi.


Dojo - a place for practise of the way.


Domo Arigato - Thank you very much.


Hakama - divided skirt.


Hara - centre of gravity where energy is stored.


Hanmi - basic stance of Aikido


Hombu Dojo - aikikai headquarters of Aikido, Japan.


Irimi - entering.


Jo - five foot wooden staff.


Ki - spiritual energy.


Ki-ai - a release of physical, mental and spiritual power.


Kokyu - breath expansion and contraction - Ki flow.


Kototama - chanting the sound spirit.


Kyu - ranking for belts below black belt. 


Ma-ai - correct safe distance.


Mantra - word repeated in meditation/contemplation.


Misogi - purification and breath control exercises.


Mushin - mind without attachment or ego.


Mokusu - period of meditative calm.



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More Aikido Terminology

Aikido Terminology



Here are some more Aikido Terminology for you...



Nage - the one being attacked.


Obi - belt - part of the uniform.


Onegai shimasu - please teach me - lets practice together.


O-Sensei - Morihei Ueshiba - great teacher.


Seiza - formal kneeling position.


Sensei - teacher, instructor.


Tai Sabaki - body movement.


Tanto - wooden practise knife.


Tenkan - turn or pivot.


Uchi-Deshi - live in student, disciple.

 

Uke - the attacker.


Ukemi - the art of falling.


Waza - technique.


Zanshin - unbroken focus/concentration.



There is more Aikido terminology and principles, including the Numbers... 


Ichi - one


Ni - two 


San - three 


Shi - four 


Go - five 


Roku - six 


Shichi - seven 


Hachi - eight 


Kyu - nine 


Ju - ten



Aikido key terms, aikido terms and aikido terminology



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