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aikido

[ahy-kee-doh; Japanese ahy-kee-daw]
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noun
  1. a Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.
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Origin of aikido

1960–65; < Japanese aikidō, equivalent to ai to coordinate + ki breath control + way (< Middle Chinese; see judo)
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Related Words

karate, wrestling, judo, aikido, jujitsu, kendo

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Historical Examples

  • Aikido, The Way of Harmony, teaches tranquility in the use of force, and compares it to the calm in the eye of a hurricane.

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    Fredric Lozo


British Dictionary definitions for aikido

aikido

noun
  1. a Japanese system of self-defence employing similar principles to judo, but including blows from the hands and feet
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Word Origin

from Japanese, from ai to join, receive + ki spirit, force + do way
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Word Origin and History for aikido

n.

Japanese art of self-defense, 1936, literally "way of adapting the spirit," from Japanese ai "together" + ki "spirit" + do "way, art," from Chinese tao "way."

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