Ai -- Harmony
Ki -- Spirit or Universal Energy
Te -- Hand Technique
Aikite is the study of life. Iti s a martial art and health program that develops internal energy, which is called call "Ki" or "Universal Energy". 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 self-defense techniques. 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.
There are many variations of applications and there are many variations of attacks. By studying the core techniques of Karate Kata, one gets to understand a new language. Every technique of the Karate Kata 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 Aiite of the techniques flow in many directions where the techniques that are applied can be used to self-defense. The same flow of Aikite can be used against multiple attackers.