Aikido is a fascinating martial art which relies on a combination of timing, balance, entering and turning body movements and atemi (strikes) to redirect aggressive attacks in a circular or spiral path. The aggressor is brought under control and the attack is neutralized. Aikido techniques generally end in a throw, joint lock or pin.
Aikido practice also helps develop strength, coordination, and flexibility, as well as a calm and focused mind. For some it also becomes a deeply spiritual practice