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[ahy-kee-doh; Japanese ahy-kee-daw] /aɪˈki doʊ; Japanese ˈaɪ kiˌdɔ/
a Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.
Origin of aikido
1960-65; < Japanese aikidō, equivalent to ai to coordinate + ki breath control + way (< Middle Chinese; see judo) Unabridged
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  • 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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a Japanese system of self-defence employing similar principles to judo, but including blows from the hands and feet
Word Origin
from Japanese, from ai to join, receive + ki spirit, force + do way
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Word Origin and History for aikido

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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