Aikido is not a conventional fighting art. It is non-competitive and non-violent. Using joint locking techniques, Aidio develops the ability to harmonize with, and thus redirect, opposing forces. The goal is to break an opponent's balance using timing and control rather than strength. With the development of basic techniques Aikido provides a very powerful means to self-defense without undue aggression. Through regular training comes confidence, mental focus, and composure. The world headquarters for Yoshinkan Aikido is located in Tokyo. In Japan Yoshinkan Aikido is taught in schools and universities and to the Tokyo Riot Police, female police officers and other special groups. The style is recognized worldwide and is established in numerous countries.
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