The principle of softness in the martial arts, also known as gentleness or suppleness is often talked about and practiced. However the idea of violent action being countered with softness seems counter intuitive to the purpose of the martial arts. Within the Japanese martial arts “Ju” or gentleness is a large factor and lies at the…

What is it? Aikido. Who started it? Morihei Ueshiba Where is the place of origin? Japan When was it developed? Late 1920’s-1930 Why should I learn it? Because is it the most simplest form of martial art that uses the opponents strength against them. Aikido For Self-Defence   The style itself consists mostly of grabs…

Martial Arts Lab decided to conduct a research to find out which martial arts type is considered to be the best in the world according to visitors of our website. You are able to vote and find our new poll system at the bottom of this page. The following list is Top 10 Martial Arts…

Aikido does have its critics, and is an intensely formulaic Japanese martial art. However, that formulaic nature which actually makes aikido into a very effective, and mentally stimulating, martial art. Although complex to the layman, the basic moves are actually simple and fun to master. Aikido Training; What’s It All About? Aikido training is both physical…

Aikido is a superb, but often misunderstood and criticized martial art. It is intensely formulaic and traditional, but is also a very effective and efficient form of martial art. To understand and appreciate aikido, you have to understand its origins. Many Oriental martial arts (wing chun kung fu, for example) have a long history, and…