Aikido was developed and founded by Morihei Ueshiba, respectively referred to as O'Sensei.
From the unarmed samurai arts of old, Aikido has something to offer everyone. Aikido does not require
a person to be or become an athlete because it generates its power from blending with an opponent's
strength and aggression. This allows a much smaller person to redirect an attack safely from its
intended target, creating an opportunity to escape to safety.
More than a martial art, Aikido provides an individual with much more than self-defense. Because
Aikido is a non-competitive martial art without tournaments, practice partners learn to work together in
a cooperative manner. This atmosphere also fosters self-respect and respect for others while building
self-esteem and self-confidence.
Men, women, and children around the world practice Aikido. If one can move, once can perform
its techniques in an effective manner. If one can keep an open mind and approach life with an empty
cup anything becomes possible.
To define Aikido we look at the kanji.
合Ai (pronounced eye) This kanji means harmony as well as meeting.
氣 Ki (pronounced key) This kanji means energy.
道 Do (pronounced dough) This kanji means way or path.
My definition of Aikido is then: The way of harmonizing meeting energies. This is after all what we
do with every single technique.