What is Aikido?

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a non-competitive, non-aggressive martial art developed by the late master, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). After mastering many marital arts he spent his later years developing Aikido as an art to defend oneself without inflicting unnecessary harm. Aikido is a true budo, where martial training is utilised as a way to spiritual growth.  Aikikai is name of the world-wide organisation lead by the grandson of the founder of Aikido.

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The word Aikido is made up of three characters. Ai means to harmonise, to yield together, to guide and control the technique. Ki means universal spirit or life force. Aikido unites both mind and body which overwhelms mere physical strength by harmonising with universal energy. Dō means the way or path. Thus Aikido means the way of harmonising the body, the mind and universal spirit.

Regular practice of the flowing and relaxed techniques of Aikido leads to a feeling of well being and self-confidence that carries over into every aspect of daily life. Since winning and losing are of no concern, many men, women and children from all walks of life can enjoy mutual training and progress at their own pace.