Aikido is a unique and fascinating martial art that is practiced by men, women and children of all ages. Aikido teaches how to deal with attacks in a non-aggressive but effective manner, minimizing injury to the attacker.
Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba's early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu.
Mirroring his appetite for martial knowledge was the depth of his spiritual exploration. He searched within himself to justify the validity of pursuing a course of life based upon the defeat of others. Such victories are relative and meaningless; there will always be someone bigger and stronger, so defeat is inevitable.
Aikido is more than a self defense. It is a methodology and philosophy for living your life: through the disciplined training in a martial art that teaches peace through non-violent resolution of conflict, we forge our mind, body and spirit in order to live more peaceful, compassionate lives.
“To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.”
Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido