Aikido is a modern, non-aggressive Japanese martial art that was developed early in the 20th century by the late master Professor Morihei Ueshiba, commonly called O Sensei. Aikido is performed by anticipating and blending with the motion of the attacker, redirecting the force of the attack, rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido is deliberately non-aggressive and non-competitive, which is reflected in the name “aikido”, which translates as“the way of harmonious spirit.”
Training involves learning to receive techniques and fall safely (ukemi), and performing holds, pins and throws working with partners or in groups. We train both open-hand and with wooden weapons (jo, bokken and tanto).
Aikido is effective as a martial art but its essence goes beyond the resolution of physical conflict. Based on a background of rigorous training in traditional Japanese jujutsu, sword and spear techniques, aikido is a true 'budo' path, in which the keen edge of martial training is utilised as a 'Way' to spiritual growth. Despite its growth in popularity, Aikido remains true to the goals of budo. Its methods are based on Professor Ueshiba's deep faith in 'austere training for the sake of improving the human spirit through tireless polishing and perfection of mind and body'. In accordance with the founder’s ideals, the art has kept separate from sports, in which one person competes with another. Aikido is rather a path for personal development for people who sincerely desire to perfect their own human nature.