What is Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba, described Aikido as being the “path to enlightenment through the study of martial arts”. It is a traditional Japanese Martial Art that teaches self defence while also giving its practitioners a development of the body, mind and spirit that ultimately benefits their health, their way of thinking, and allows them to be more efficient and effective in their day to day activities.
The Founder said once of Aikido:
“Aikido is not a technique to beat down the enemy. It is a way to harmonise the world and to make the whole mankind as a family. That is, its final goal is to harmonise one’s movements to those of the Universe and finally to unify oneself to the Universe. The practitioners must become aware of this goal through everyday training”.
The Founder Morihei Ueshiba always explained Aikido as the way of harmony and unification.
Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable centre with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterised by flowing, circular motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent. The principle of spherical rotation makes it possible to defend one self from an opponent of superior size, strength, and experience. Although Aikido movements are soft, rational and flowing as in nature, with the addition of appropriate power the techniques can range from gentle to devastatingly effective.