About Aikido

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba, known to Aikido students as O Sensei (which means great teacher). A master of several schools of martial arts, O Sensei created Aikido out of a desire to see people develop their full potential as individuals, both physically and mentally. The word Aikido roughly translates to “the way (do) to unite (ai) all one’s inner energy (ki).

Aikido principles hold that the mind and the body are one. When a person acts in this concerted manner, great power is possible. Since Aikido movements are circular in nature, requiring flexibility, balance and timing, there is no need to conflict with the force of an attack. 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. Practice also entails learning how to take safe falls from Aikido techniques, thus becoming a form of self defense itself.

Aikido techniques do not match strength against strength, so you don’t have to be strong to start – but eventually, you will become strong. Aikido techniques are defensive, so you don’t have to be aggressive to start – but you will develop forceful and confident movement.

Since Aikido practice is done with a partner, you learn from others and help others learn from you. This creates an open, healthy spirit in the dojo (practice gym). In short, Aikido is good for your body, your mind and your heart.

And it’s fun.

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