Real Aikido

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Real Aikido is a martial art developed by Ljubomir Vracarevic, a self-defence instructor from Serbia. It is a mixture of aikido, judo and jujutsu techniques, with some modifications made by Vracarevic.

The Real Aikido defence system includes empty-handed techniques, as well as defense against weapons such as knife, pistol, etc. It consists of aikido, judo and jujutsu, techniques simplified so that they can be easily taught in security and self-defence courses. The curriculum itself is mainly based on a general aikido curriculum, with a kyu/dan system of grading.

Vracarevic’s bodyguard school is officially certified by the International Bodyguard and Security Services Association (IBSSA).[1]

From 2005 Real Aikido was included in elementary school curriculum in Serbia as an elective subject. [2]

In 2003, Real Aikido was recognized by United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.[3][4] In October 2007 Real Aikido practitioners entered the first European Martial Arts Hall of Fame.[5] The United States Center of Real Aikido is member of International Combat Martial Arts Unions Association.[6] [7]

Real Aikido uses the word “Aikido” in its name, but is not recognised by the Aikikai Foundation, the International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, etc. Some aikidoka[who?] prefer that Real Aikido change its name to emphasize that it is not the same as aikido, However “real” aikido clearly influenced by aikido style and way of clothing and it seems its basic foundations are indeed aikido.