a Japanese system of self-defense in which various holds and circular movements are used to exploit to one's own advantage an opponent's strength and weight
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Wortherkunft von 'aikido'Jpn aikidoo, lit., the art of matching (the opponent's) spirit < ai, a fitting (< au, to fit, suit) + Sino-Jpn ki, spirit, soul + Sino-Jpn doo, way, art