Ai -- Harmony
Ki -- Spirit or universal energy
Te -- Hand Technique
Aikite is the study of life. Itis a martial art that develops internal energy, which is called call "Ki" or "Chi". We can apply Ki to our daily lives to increase our mind, body and spirit. The practice of self-defense techniques is aimed at creating "Ki" that can be used for Health (Mental and Physical) and in real life self-defense situations. For self-defense, we study the application of Aiki to the Okinawan self-defense techniques called Okinawa-te. One applies Aiki by understanding the rhythm and intent of the attacker to find the optimal position and timing to apply a counter-technique. Aikite techniques can be used against single or multiple opponents. Aikite- includes techniques of the sword (Aiki-ken) and of the 4 foot staff (Aiki-jo).
There are many variations of applications and there are many variations of attacks. By studying the core techniques of the Okinawan-te, one gets to understand a new language. Every technique of Okinawa-te are like letters in the alphabet. As one learn learns new techniques, the techniques will flow and blend together. This is similar to letters forming words. Soon the AIKI of the techniques flow in many directions where the techniques that are applied can be used to control, damage or cause death. The same flow of AIKI can be used against multiple attackers.
Aikite techniques are very fast and can cause extreme destruction or death. Aikite is not a sport. Techniques are designed to dispose of an attacker in the most efficient manor. There are no counter techniques to a properly set Aikite technique.
Methods of Training; Three distinct methods of controlling an opponent
- Method One -- Te-jutsu method of relying primarily on atemi (blocking, strikes and kicks to any of the body's pressure points).
- Method Two -- Aikite method of combining atemi with aiki timing to Okinawa-te techniques.
- Method Three -- Soft Fist - Aikite Crane Style method of relying mainly on aiki timing
Method One is geared toward beginning students. Atemi is applied full force, and the joints are attacked with simple, straightforward movements. These techniques are good for basic training. Method two techniques, combining atemi and aiki timing are suitable for intermediate level students. The emphasis is less on devastating control of an opponent, and more on complicated pins that stretch an opponent's joints and limbs. Method Three techniques reduce the movement to a minimum and control the opponent's force and intent to defeat himself.