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Physics in the martial art of Aikido

18:00 - 24:00 o'clock
Uni Jena: Institut für Optik und Quantenelektronik (IOQ) and Helmholtz-Institut Jena
Max-Wien-Platz 1, 3. OG
Max-Wien-Platz 1

Everything happens for a reason and that is usually physics. Have you ever thought about how a small master manages to control much bigger and stronger opponents? We will give you the answer in our lecture.

The Japanese martial art of aikido is characterized by the effort to neutralize an attack without causing harm to the attacker. The three syllables mean: Ai - harmony; Ki - power; Do - way. Aikido is therefore the way to harmonize different forces. For this to happen as effectively as possible, an aikidoka must intuitively understand and apply physical quantities and principles such as mass, center of gravity and inertia; momentum and angular momentum; force and vector; laws of leverage; anatomy and degrees of freedom of joints; phase and timing. During our demonstrations, we will explain the mechanics of this fascinating martial art in theory and demonstrate them using practical examples. There will also be an opportunity to try it out for yourself.

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Hourly repetitions on the hour
Zwei Aikidokas demonstrieren eine Übung.
In den Vorführungen werden wir die Mechanik des Aikidos theoretisch erläutern und an praktischen Beispielen demonstrieren
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