Important Principles of Aikido
Controlled smooth movement when performing technique.
Keeping control over your emotions and physical dynamics when performing technique.
Not reacting to your opponents strength, and using it to your advantage.
Of yourself and your opponent.
Distance / Maai
Having the freedom of movement to perform technique correctly, without inhibiting movement.
Balance Breaking / Kuzushi
Displacing your opponent's posture, whilst keeping your own.
Moving hands, feet, hips and centre of gravity as one.
Initiating movement from your centre, leading with your hips.
Awareness / Zanshin
Being aware of your opponent, their abilities, surroundings and options.
Synchronization / Awase
Blending with your opponent, their intention and the attack.