Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido was developed and founded by Morihei Ueshiba, respectively referred
to as O'Sensei. A relatively new martial art with an eclectic style and unique
philosophy.  Aikido has something to offer everyone. From the unarmed
samurai arts of old, Aikido does not require a person to be or become an
athlete because it generates its power from the 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 where everyone becomes a winner. This atmosphere also fosters
self-respect and respect for others while building self-esteem and self-

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.
Ai (pronounced eye) This kanji means harmony as well as meeting.
Ki (pronounced key) This kanji means energy.
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.