The practice of VA as described herein aims to remain true to principals of physical practice. Indeed, the principle of “emerging victorious every time and in every situation, by not fighting” is predominant in the teachings of both. Throughout the articles on this site, the links between the two will be used to illustrate concepts and clarify its use.
The philosophy of Verbal Aikido is based directly on that of martial aikido but there are differences, notably:
- The belt-grading system differs significantly.
- Verbal Aikido can be quite useless in a direct physical attack.
- Although martial aikido tries to prevent the attacker from harm, the attacker can often end up on the ground and/or in a rather uncomfortable position; the aim of Verbal Aikido is to leave the attacker “standing”, having saved face.
- Martial aikido’s principal goal lies in the development of a veritable philosophy through which one can defend one’s self against a physical attack. Verbal Aikido’s principal objective is to find an emotional balance in verbal exchanges, and promote the sustainable development of relationships. It may be considered as simply a branch of the martial aikido philosophy.
- Verbal Aikido is centered around three simple core steps.
- Martial aikido uses the terms Uke or Aite to describe the “attacker” and ‘Tori’ to describe one who accompanies the attack, or what we call the “Aikidoist”.
If you are already familiar with martial aikido, you will recognize many connections with the approach and concepts presented on this site. If not, you will discover the art from another perspective: one that gives you access to this admirable and effective philosophy without having to leave your seat!