Aikido and its relations to Judo
I should admit: I know
much less then I would like to. I included some of its
in my training, but I never had formal instructions on it. The links, included on
, will let you to start exploring on you own.
But saying so, I would like to address some very special properties of Aikido that set this art apart from the rest of fighting and martial arts: its
Martial art philosophy is not something I spend a lot of time on - what is philosophical about a fist fight after all? But case of Aikido is different – its build on
bases as much as on technical moves of
In relation to Judo, I would like to address several points:
• Aikido departed from old
the same way (essentially on the footsteps) as Judo by introduction something more then just fighting techniques: the mental shift. In case of Judo, Dr. Kano introduced Western pedagogical and sporting principals. In case of Aikido,
O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
philosophy. This is underline by the identical art name change from “jusu” to “do”.
• While starting essentially from the same technical background (and even sharing early students)
and Aikido parted in the way they practiced: Aikido retained the notion of
and not adapted competitive randory as a form of training.
• Teachings of O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba emphasize notion of cooperative actions for Uke and Tory and removed any “first move” attacking techniques from
Having said this, I want to emphasize that those differences apply not evenly to different Aikido styles (witch in some cases can be seen as different arts: look for discussions on
Aikido (founded by Dr. Kano’s student Kenji Tomiki who started with Aikido training with Morihei Ueshiba on Kano’s advise) sharing a lot more with Judo by including competitive element and even been presented in Kodokan itself and at time seen as a branch of Judo (however, this statement seems too starchy – official
description of the correct rubber knife techniques directed toward allowing good defense vs. permitting
preserving more of the technical properties of old
then some formal jujutsu schools, claiming to be direct descendants, but also using principals of
and Uke-Tory cooperation.
I would leave history and training in Aikido to Aikido experts. From Judo perspective Aikido technical arsenal is vary valuable (as seen by the fact of Kenji Tomiki commissioning by Dr. Kano to study it) and should be seen as integral part of Judo’s self-defense arsenal.