What is Aikido?

"I didn't create Aikido. Aiki is the way of the universe. It is the source of the principles of life. The history of Aikido begins with the origins of the universe. Do you think that a human being could possibly have created these laws? There is no enemy in the true martial way (budo). True budo is a work of love. It is not killing or fighting; it is a work of creation and growth which gives life to and nurtures all things. Love is the guardian deity of everything. Nothing can exist without it. Aikido is the realization of love."  

                - Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a defensive martial art rooted in the ancient Bushido tradition of Japan, supported by movement practice, and dedicated to conflict resolution. Known worldwide as the Art of Peace, Aikido invites us to recognize the power of applied nonviolence as a way to foster peace in the world. 

An effective method of self-defense, Aikido can be rigorous, direct, and practical in its application. Aikido’s unarmed techniques are reinforced through use and study of sword (bokken), a staff (jo or bo), and knife (tanto) kata. Inherent in our art is the principle of protecting both ourselves and our attackers from harm.

The self-defense techniques learned in practice provide us with a broad range of responses to address conflict. By training, Aikidoists/Practitioners cultivate self-awareness, resiliency, and a calm spirit. What begins as basic techniques, later become intuitive responses to resolving conflict within ourselves and our surroundings.

Who was O’Sensei?

Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei (Great Teacher), (1883-1969) was an exceptional martial artist. O'Sensei's genius was to discover that applied nonviolence, stopping the fight with a unified body, mind, and spirit, is one of the most potent weapons human beings possess. He combined his expertise in martial arts with his spiritual and ethical insights to form modern Aikido: a martial art devoted to cooperation rather than domination. O’Sensei realized that true martial arts must go beyond concerns of winning and losing. Martial Arts must be a means of personal transformation leading to the realization of the harmonious nature of the universe. Until his death in 1969, O'Sensei dedicated himself to teaching and a continual exploration of the Art of Peace.