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-Japanese ki, spirit, soul + Sino-Japanese 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 chi 2. ) 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").