Taido is a modern Japanese form of martial arts characterized by twisting movements, gymnastic maneuvers and body angle adjustments. These characteristics were incorporated to evolve martial arts to address new understandings of the body. Taido is a Japanese martial art that incorporates techniques like spinning and twisting movements, gymnastic maneuvers, speedy and effective footwork, and a changing body angle.
Taido is a fairly recent addition to the Japanese martial arts. In 1965, Seiken Shukumine became convinced that the limitations of karate lay in its linear mode of training. He conceived of Taido as a way to make the defense more flexible and universal.