What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, known to all Aikido students by his title ‘O Sensei’ meaning ‘Great Teacher’.
Morihei lived frugally a budo and his rigorous training in various martial arts led to his creation of Aikido, a martial art influenced by the philosophy of harmony.
Aikido is a non-violent Japanese martial art of self-defence.
Its techniques involve circular movements where you learn to co-ordinate the defending and attacking bodies into one and re-direct the energy flow and strength of the aggressor to a different direction. The techniques seek to harmonise with the energy of the aggressor rather than fight against it.
Aikido places great emphasis on the dynamics of movement and uses very effective joint locks derived from ju-jitsu and sword techniques for defence.
Aikido training is shaped by its philosophy of harmony. There are no competitions in Aikido.
Practice focuses on the development of technical skills and awareness in order to master the fundamentals of moving, timing and breathing. Most practice is done with a partner; each working at his/her own level of ability, alternating as uke (the attacker) and nage (the one in defence). Both roles are stressed; each contributes skills that enhance overall sensitivity, control and alertness.
The soft & non-violent approach of Aikido makes it appealing to all persons regardless of age, size or sex. Aikido techniques are based on full and natural (relax) body movements, hence is an excellent way of restoring a supple body. It offers not just self-development but also instills etiquette and discipline in a person.
Aikido training involves the Mind, Body and Spirit of the practitioner.