Aikido is the 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.
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.