Foundations of Aikido
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art and a way of personal growth. The guiding principle of Aikido is harmony: inner harmony of mind, body, and spirit; harmony with other people; and oneness with nature. The name AIKIDO means ``The Way of Harmony with Life-Energy''.
As an art of self-defense, Aikido is based on the highest ethic of the martial arts: the non-violent resolution of conflict. Aikido has been described as ``philosophy with a physical expression'' and ``meditation in action.'' As a path of personal development, it is challenging and rewarding on many levels: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual.
"The Way of Harmonizing Energy"
A way of harmony
– with nature
– with others
– with oneself
Aikido was developed the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei (1883-1969). He was an extraordinary martial artist, a master of the sword, the staff, the spear and the art of Jujutsu. O'Sensei also had a strong spiritual drive, reflecting over the futility of a path based on victory over others. Modern Aikido has been created by O'Sensei through a unification of his mastery of the martial arts with his spiritual and ethical insights.