“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.”– Morihei Ueshiba, Ō-Sensei (1883-1969)
Aikido is a modern martial art (gendai budō) and a philosophy developed in the early 20th century in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba, known as Ō-Sensei meaning “great teacher”. The techniques include pins, controls and throws, which use the attackers’ strength and weight against them. Using rotational motions, Aikido neutralises the aggressors’ force and includes empty hand, bokken (sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (knife) defenses.
These techniques and postures aim to harmonise and neutralise attacks from opponents, leading them to become a part of your core. Aikido is not about direct combat, aggression or competition. Its ultimate aim and underlying philosophy remain to be the quest of peace and harmony with the postures, the adversaries, the world, and oneself.