Aikido has many different faces: elegant circular techniques, dynamic and fast throws and pins. All the techniques, however, stem from a single principle: step forward and merge with the attack. Beginners begin training the techniques in a slow pace starting from static and safe grabs. Then the training gets more fluid and break falls more dynamic. Training starts to resemble an engaging and playful dialogue. There’s no use resisting by force to a stronger opponent, or multiple opponents. But we can instead merge with the attack. Aiki means joining of energies, or unity.