Aiki-Jutsu is not only an effective martial arts system but rather it is a way of life; a path that through its principles and techniques helps and guides the practitioner to experience and understand the matrix of existence and discover his or her place in the timeless universe.

The physical techniques of the art can be divided to a few catagories:

Hard Technique:
Hard techniques are a set of principles and methods that are used when the situation requires extensive injury to the opponent, such as breaking bones or damaging internal organs. As the name implies these are techniques that utilize kicks, punches, elbows, knees, etc.. to inflict internal and external damage to the opponent.

Soft Technique:
Soft techniques are comprised of a set of principles and methods when the situation does not warrant damage to the opponent, but simply requires that the opponent is immobilized and/or his attack is neutralized. Soft techniques may utilize yielding to or redirecting the opponents attack, and may use nerve centers and pressure points to inflict pain but cause no damage to the opponent.

Submissions are techniques designed to stop the attack and immobilize the opponent either on the ground, or force him to come along without being able to resist. These set of techniques include manipulation of the joints and the extremities, nerve centers, pressure points and strikes and may be used to inflict damage on the opponent, or just used to subdue him.

Ground Fighting:
Ground fighting techniques may utilize hard, soft or submission techniques to immobilize or damage the opponent. A fight may or may not wind up on the ground, but one has to be comfortable fighting in any condition; fighting on the ground has to be as natural as fighting standing up, but the limitation of ground fighting must be realized as well, since these techniques are used primarily against only one opponent at a time.

Projections are numerous types of techniques that train the practitioner in the ways of merging with, yielding to, or redirecting the attackers motion and force, so the opponent is either gently put on the ground or aggressively slammed into the ground or into another opponent. These projections can be executed against static attacks like grabs and holds, or can be dynamically executed against charging opponents in single or multiple attack situations.

Control principles are unquestionably the most spiritual aspect of the art of Aiki-Jutsu. They refer to a set of techniques and principles that deal with controlling the opponents internal forces and the focus of his mental energy. Through the application and recognition of these techniques, one is looking to effect the mind of the opponent and thus effect his external force and movements, leading his mind and body to false targets. This part of the art is intricately interconnected with meditation and recognition of one’s own internal forces.

Meditation is one of the most important aspects of the art of Aiki-Jutsu, which involves various methods of increasing internal Ki forces, calming the mind and sharpening the senses. Traditionally meditation has been used to bring about awareness and tranquility for the practitioner, giving him clarity, decisiveness, focus and peace of mind in combat as well as in everyday life.