What is Aikido?
"Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat an
enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one
- Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei, Aikido Founder
Aikido is a physical and spiritual discipline aimed at unifying body and
spirit. It is a Japanese martial art which is non-violent and
non-competitive. Aikido's movements are natural movements, seated in
principles of balance, relaxation and movement or focus of energy. It is a
way to connect with ourselves and with oth
Aikido is practiced with a partner. Partners take turns being "attacker"
and "defender." Because students work in connection with each other, emphasis
is on working in harmony with a partner. There is no competition, no
"winners" or "losers." Men and women practice together, as do younger and
older people, and people of different skill levels. Aikido does not depend on
size, strength or any other physical characteristic. It is accessible to any
student willing to try.
Aikido's spiritual side teaches us to look within, find courage when we
are struggling, move through conflict with integrity and to value each other.
It teaches us to walk in peace with ourselves and each other, and fosters an
attitude of respect toward and compassion for all living things.
Why practice Aikido?
Aikido practitioners find that training improves both their physical and
mental well being. In the physical realm, students find practice improves
Other students find that practice develops an ability to cope with stress,
confidence, adaptability and self esteem.