Aikido was developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969); known to his students as O-Sensei (Great Teacher). A legendary master of several schools of martial arts, O-Sensei was also a deeply spiritual man. An early taste of war forged his opposition to the use of martial arts for destructive purposes. His pursuits of these passions led him to the development of Aikido, a discipline designed to control aggression and violence, as well as help people realize their full potential as individuals: physically, mentally and spiritually.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses a system of holds, throws, and locks as its principle movements. The art focuses on controlling one’s ki to subdue an opponent. Aikido principles hold that the mind and body are one. When a person acts in this manner, great power is possible. By joining with the motion of an attack and taking control of its force, it is possible to redirect the power of the attack safely and effectively.

We learn to respect others through mutual physical contact.

Aikido is not only a spiritual discipline but also involves physical mastery. In this way, a means of communication is established that transcends the barriers of lifestyle, language, culture, and race. Aikido, as a martial Way for all people, is like a compass which directs the completion and unification of each person’s body, mind, and spirit with the fundamental and creative spirit of the universe.