What is Aikido?

"Whenever I move, that's Aikido."

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei

Aikido is a non-violent, non aggressive martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (who is also referred to as O' Sensei) back in the early 1900s. Aikido techniques involve locks and throws that were adapted from other form of martial arts such as Jiu-jitsu and Kenjutsu. Certain forms of Aikido also comprise of weapon training that uses the Jo and Bokken.

Aikido possesses a unique feature where not many other martial arts share. Aikido places a high emphasis on movement and balance. It does not encompass punching and kicking techniques. Aikido practitioners are taught ways to control and transfer the opponents' violent energy away from themselves and direct it towards the aggressor. This complicated yet effective manoeuvre differentiates Aikido from many other mainstream martial arts.

Aikido practices a strict rule of discipline and non-violence. Even though, the art has seen many diversions for the past few years, its philosophy has remained unchanged. Aikido is not only a physical form of self-defense, but it also provides spiritual and mental calmness to its practitioners. Practitioners can definitely find a holistic experience in this beautiful art form.

“Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.”

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei