What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that effectively utilizes joint locks, throws, strikes, and pins to neutralize an attacker. Through circular movement and advantageous position, techniques redirect the force of aggression to harmonize with the encounter.
Aikido training is physically rigorous, but does not rely on strength.
Aikido is a non-competitive martial art.
Aikido is an inclusive martial art.
History of Aikido
Aikido was developed in the early 20th century by the late Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei (Great Teacher), who lived from 1883-1969.
A renown martial artist, O Sensei developed Aikido from his study of Daito Ryu jujitsu, sword, spear, and his spiritual practice. Experiencing the horror of war and violence firsthand, O-Sensei realized that winning at the expense of another’s downfall was not a victory. Instead, O-Sensei’s Aikido offers the choice of control an encounter instead of destruction, of cooperation instead of domination.
– Morihei Ueshiba
Philosophy of Aikido
Translated as “the way of harmony” or “the way of peace” Aikido (合気道) is a modern manifestation of budo that seeks to unite body, mind, and spirit with the universal forces of nature.
Paradoxically, Aikido is a nonviolent martial art. We commit fully to each martial encounter, yet our practice seeks to neutralize conflict. In this way, Aikido promotes peace through us out into the world.
Through Aikido, we can move beyond the duality of winning and losing. In doing so, we reach a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.