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Aikido is a martial art in which a person blends with an opposing force and uses internal energy to control the opposing force rather than confronting and destroying it. Practice involves a nage (the one doing the art) controlling or throwing the uke (the person receiving the art.) Typically it includes locks and throws, which requires the uke to be able to tolerate locks and pins, and be able to survive a throw by rolling properly or dissipating the force of a fall by other means.  Practitioners, therefore should be physically fit.


Low impact Aikido also uses internal energy and the force of the opponent without use of physical strength, but Aikido principles are taught without being thrown or being subjected to potentially painful holds or locks.  It is therefore ideal for senior citizens or those with physical limitations.