About Aikido




Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920’s as a culmination of his martial studies in  Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu and spiritual pursuits in the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Morihei Ueshiba is commonly referred to as O-Sensei (Great Teacher). The word Aikido contains three elements: “ai”-harmony or coordination, “ki”-the spirit or energy, and “do”- the method or way. The power of Aikido is not found in huge muscle strength but rather in the correct and natural method of coordinating the mind and body. With correct coordination, one can use the momentum brought by an assailant to apply a wrist lock, throw, or calmly diffuse an aggressor’s energy. Those who study this martial art strive for self-improvement of their own inner harmony so they can better blend with tense or aggressive situations in the dojo and in the world beyond.   Both men and women can benefit from the regular practice of “Aikido: the way of harmony.”