Aikido is a non-violent, non-aggressive, non-competitive Japanese martial art that promotes a spirit of harmonious cooperation, personal development, and character refinement. Aikido was founded and developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) in the early part of this century. O'Sensei
("Great Teacher"), as he is called, was an extraordinary Martial Artist who gained a reputation of being virtually unbeatable. Despite this achievement, he was profoundly troubled with a conflict between his martial skills and his spiritual training. He felt strongly that winning at someone else's expense was not really winning, and that his most formidable opponent was himself. The birth of Aikido resulted from his long search to resolve this conflict in his life. O-Sensei concluded that the basic principles of the universe are harmony and love and that these can be attained through the martial arts. Hence, he combined his vast martial experience with this new insight to form Aikido; a new martial art based not on violence and destruction but on loving protection of all life. Aikido is a martial art for the modern day. Aikido does not cultivate a fighting spirit, but looks to find a harmonious resolution to conflict and aggression.

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Aikido

O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba