Aikido is a peaceful martial art known as the way of harmony. Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba, a renowned Japanese martial artist known as “O Sensei” or “Great Teacher”. Traditional martial arts in their highest form were a Budo, a way of life dedicated to perfection in action and mastery of the self. O Sensei saw cooperation and harmony as the highest Budo, and he refined Aikido into a means of blending with the opponent’s attack, controlling and diffusing the assault without the need to hurt or kill the opponent.
At RFA, we offer this traditional Budo in a modern context. The non-competitive practice of Aikido provides a new perspective and confidence to practitioners, influencing all of their daily interactions. They learn practical self-defense techniques but also develop an awareness and a demeanor that preempts conflict. Physically, aikido practitioners develop strength, flexibility and a cat-like sense of movement and balance. Once the forms of practice are mastered, Aikido becomes a beautiful martial dance, improvisational and free. Students begin to embody this sense of grace and freedom in everyday life.
“To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.”
Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido