Aikido is a defensive, non-competitive, highly sophisticated Japanese martial art. Through Aikido movement, joint locks and projection throws, students learn to blend with and redirect attacks from one or multiple opponents.
Techniques are based on movement and leverage minimizing the need for physical strength, making Aikido training suitable for men and women. Aikido is not a sport and there are no competitive tournaments. Students learn through repetitive practice, taking turns as attackers and defenders in an energetic yet studious atmosphere.
Aikido training emphasizes circular movement, physical conditioning and the development of a core balance and strength to blend with an attacker for the resolution of conflict. The flowing nature of the techniques along with proper breathing permits a sense of relaxation during critically stressful times. Thus, through Aikido training, a student hones their personal clarity and confidence bringing about improved conflict resolution in everyday life, whether verbal, emotional or physical.
The origins of Aikido dates back to feudal Japan. Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba, commonly known as O Sensei (Great Teacher). O Sensei studied a variety of traditional martial arts and became one of the most renowned martial artists of his day.
O Sensei was a man of deep spiritual beliefs. He came to the realization that fighting was ultimately futile and that aggression only begets more aggression. He concluded that the road to ultimate victory came not from fighting but harmonizing with conflict. Aikido is the physical expression of his beliefs.