To turn away when pushed, to draw forward when pulled, to harmonize with an opponent's motions -- these are the principles of the Japanese art of Aikijujutsu

In contrast to more aggressive fighting arts, aiki jujutsu stresses non-resistance. User can turn an opponent's strength and motion against them, and use vulnerable points such as the neck, knees, and wrists as leverage. Its goal is to harmonize her movements with an opponent's ki, or spirit. Redirecting attacks, counters, throws, and sweeps are all tools of aiki jujutsu.

It emphasizes throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue, or injure an attacker. Of particular importance is the timing of a defensive technique to either blend or neutralize an incoming attack's effectiveness and use the force of the attacker's movement against them. It also employs the striking of vital areas, in order to set up jointlocking or throwing tactics.

Some of the art's striking methods employ the swinging of the outstretched arms to create power and to hit with the fists at deceptive angles, as may be observed in techniques such as the atemi that sets up gyaku ude-dori (reverse elbow lock). One of the unique characteristics of the art to be its preference for controlling a downed attacker's joints with one's knee in order to leave one's hands free to access one's weapons or to deal with the threat of other oncoming attackers. 

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