Akido is a non-oppositional and non-competitive martial art, its movements are graceful and beautiful. Akido is typically practiced in pairs. One person strikes at or grabs the other. The person receiving the attack enters into a safe place and establishes a connection with the attacker, who is then pinned or thrown. Unlike other martial arts, the object is not to overcome or damage the attacker. Rather, it is to blend with and to redirect the force of the attack in a way that maintains the safety of both persons.