Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art based on the principles of universal harmony and non-violence. It is a highly effective form of self-defense that requires minimal forces because it uses an attackers own size and strength against them. There is no wild kicking or punching in Aikido and it can be practiced by men, women and children of all ages.
Aikido is not a sport. There are no competitive tournaments. Students learn through repetitive practice, taking turns as attackers and defenders in an energetic yet studious atmosphere.
Aikido practice improves not only physical conditioning-strength, stamina, flexibility, and coordination, but also mental conditioning, self-confidence, concentration, intuitiveness, alertness, and concern for others.
The origins of Aikido techniques date back to feudal Japan, however, present day Aikido is the creation of one remarkable man, Morihei Ueshiba, commonly known as O Sensei, or great master.
O Sensei studied a variety of traditional martial arts including Jujitsu (unarmed combat), Kenjutsu (sword fighting), and Sojitsu (spear fighting). He became one of the most renowned martial artists of his day.
However, O Sensei was also a man of deep spiritual beliefs. He came to the realization that fighting was futile. That aggression only begets more aggression. He concluded that the road to ultimate victory came not from fighting but harmonizing with conflict. Aikido is the physical expression of his spiritual beliefs.
O Sensei continued his practice of Aikido until his death at age 86. After he passed away on April 26, 1969, the Japanese government bestowed it’s highest honor, declaring Morihei Ueshiba to be a Sacred National Treasure of Japan.
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