More Than Just Technique
WHAT IS AIKIDO?
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early 20th century. Respectfully given the name O'Sensei, or Great Teacher, by his students, Aikido is a physical practice of philosophical principles striving for the ultimate goal of peaceful resolution, rather than defeat.
Proper etiquette, attitude, and behavior are the cornerstones and hallmarks of most martial arts, and aikido is no exception.
Aikidoka train to harmonize with, rather than confront an aggressive line of force, converting it into a circular motion that renders attackers helpless. Aikidoka learn to apply thousands of variations of wrist locks, arm pins, and unbalancing throws to subdue and neutralize attackers without serious injury. These practices are coupled with learning the Aikido art of falling, or "ukemi", which trains the body and mind to receive such techniques in a safe manner.
Aikido is not a sport and so there are no competitive tournaments. Instead, Aikidoka learn to better themselves without belittling others, without harmful intent or fear of injury. As a traditional budo, Aikido maintains the quality of martial spirit, effective technique, and intense training. Coupled with mutual respect and caring, this encourages O'Sensei's desire for universal peace through the practice of Aikido.