a Japanese system of self-defense in which various holds and circular movements are used to exploit to one's own advantage an opponent's strength and weight
Origin of aikidoJapanese aikidoo, literally , the art of matching (the opponent's) spirit ; from ai, a fitting (; from au, to fit, suit) + Sino-Jpn ki, spirit, soul + Sino-Jpn doo, way, art
A Japanese art of self-defense that employs holds and locks and that uses the principles of nonresistance in order to debilitate the strength of the opponent.
Origin of aikidoJapanese aikidō : ai, meeting, matching, verbal noun of au, to meet, match + ki, spirit (from Middle Chinese khi`; see chi2) + dō, art (from Early Middle Chinese daw’).
(countable and uncountable, plural aikidos)
- (uncountable) A Japanese martial art developed from jujitsu and making use of holds and throws.
- (countable) A school of the martial art.
From Japanese 合気道 (aikidō あいきどう), from Middle Chinese 合 (hop "meet", "unite") + 氣 (kʰjɨ̀j "spirit", "breath") + 道 (dáu "way").