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Known as the most complex and difficult type of Aikido, Yoshinkan Aikido, comprises a multitude of training methods. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba, who taught many different individuals throughout his lifetime. This specific type of aikido emerged during the 1930’s and has become a well known form of the martial arts style. Yoshinkan Aikido is often referred to as pre-war aikido when compared to other forms and styles.
Aikido is a form of Japanese martial art and an Aikido uniformindicates the grade or degree of the participant. Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba during the 1920s and 1930s. Aikido means “the Way of unifying with life energy” and was developed based on Morihei Ueshiba’s martial arts studies, philosophies, and religious beliefs. His initial goal with Aikido was to provide self defense without injuring the attacker. So instead of opposing the attacker head-on, Aikido redirects the force of the attack. This self defense approach requires less physical strength than other martial arts and self defense methods.