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A Japanese art of self-defense that employs holds and locks and that uses the principles of nonresistance in order to debilitate the strength of the opponent.
[Japanese aikidō : ai, meeting, matching, verbal noun of au, to meet, match + ki, spirit (from Middle Chinese khi`; see chi2) + dō, art (from Early Middle Chinese daw').]
(Martial Arts (other than Judo & Karate) & Combat Sports) a Japanese system of self-defence employing similar principles to judo, but including blows from the hands and feet
[from Japanese, from ai to join, receive + ki spirit, force + do way]
a Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.
[1960–65; < Japanese aikidō=ai to coordinate + ki breath control + dō way (< Middle Chinese; see judo)]