Martial arts are studied for self-defense and self-improvement but in
Aikido the practitioner seeks to achieve self-defense without injury to
attackers. The basic movements of Aikido are circular in nature; most
attacks are linear. The Aikidoist harmonizes with, rather than confronts,
an aggressive line and converts it into a circular motion that renders
Instead of using potentially crippling kicks or punches, the Aikidoist
trains to apply various wristlocks, arm pins, or unbalancing throws to
neutralize aggressors without serious injury.