The suit for aikido classes consists of a cotton jacket, pants and a belt. The color of the belt, just like in judo and karate, determines the level of aikido mastery. All masters above the first dan must additionally wear a traditional Japanese skirt-pants (hakama) in black. Unlike other types of wrestling, the atmosphere in the dojo, where Aikido practitioners train, is rather “soft” than “strict”. Continue reading
JUDO (the “soft way”), one of the most famous Japanese martial arts, based mainly on grabs, creases and throws. Unlike most Western types of wrestling that rely on the wrestler’s own strength, the principle of maximum use of the enemy’s strength is the basis of judo. Judo is a soft, sporty version of jujitsu (jujutsu).
The roots of jujitsu go back to ancient times. It is known that it was part of the system of combat and physical training of samurai in feudal Japan. Continue reading