Meaning of aikido in English:


Pronunciation /ʌɪˈkiːdəʊ/

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mass noun
  • A Japanese form of self-defence and martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent's own movements.

    ‘I have seen this in countless martial arts schools, in karate, aikido, judo, kung fu, etc.’
    • ‘The Judo practice uniform and belt system eventually spread to many of the other modern martial arts such as aikido and karate which adapted them for their purpose.’
    • ‘Most teachers think if they are teaching a martial art, such as karate, kung fu, aikido or judo, their students are learning self-defense.’
    • ‘Modern martial arts, such as karate, taekwondo and aikido, teach not only fighting skills but physical, spiritual and psychological strength.’
    • ‘For Hinton is a fourth dan in aikido, a Japanese martial art which puts emphasis on self-belief and inner focus.’
    • ‘By combining his martial training with his religious and political ideologies, he created the modern martial art of aikido.’
    • ‘An important aspect of aikido as a postwar martial art is that it is meant for these kinds of people, also.’
    • ‘If you want to only train in aikido, judo or a specific style of karate, is there a school in your area?’
    • ‘In judo this might end up in a throw; in aikido, into a painful arm or body manipulation.’
    • ‘I know the combat roll is very different from what most aikido, judo and jujutsu practitioners have been taught, but don't reject it outright.’
    • ‘I then went further and figured out how to use aikido to throw and counter these attacks.’
    • ‘With this understanding, work with our psychological blockages becomes like aikido, the martial art that involves flowing with the attack, rather than against it.’
    • ‘You can get fun introductions to Japanese culture at two major festivals, with demonstrations of everything from classic dance to aikido martial arts.’
    • ‘Mr Elliott said the technique, similar to martial arts like aikido, is quick to learn and enables people to surprise their attacker.’
    • ‘I returned my attention toward the less expensive combat arts I had already studied: karate, aikido, boxing.’
    • ‘Other arts, such as aikido, employ the same concepts in some movement, but not in others.’
    • ‘If she had more time, she'd ride horses, play the saxophone again, practise aikido and improve her Japanese, to add to her Italian and English.’
    • ‘Try physical activities that will give you a sense of empowerment, like kickboxing, aikido or tae kwon do.’
    • ‘Rather than focusing on punching or kicking opponents, aikido involves using an attacker's own energy to gain control or throw them off.’
    • ‘In the second article in this two-part series we will examine the application of the physics of force to another combat system: aikido.’


1950s from Japanese aikidō, literally ‘way of adapting the spirit’, from ai ‘together, unify’ + ki ‘spirit’ + dō ‘way’.