What is AIKIDO?
AI: Harmony, KI: Energy or Spirit, DO: The Way; Aikido means, " The Way of Harmonizing the Body & Universal Spirit"
From a technical perspective, Aikido is an empty-hand , sword art derived from Daito-Ryu Aiki Jiu-Jujutsu with elements of Judo that involves immobilization (locks & pins) and projections (throws).
Movements are executed from a grounded, stable center, maintained with calm awareness , and blend with the incoming force to neutralize and transform the energy.
More than a martial art and a means to resolve conflict, Aikido is a lifelong spiritual path to growth, awareness, transformation and unity.
The Founder: Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)
O'Sensei was a Japanese soldier, martial artist, philosopher, and poet, deeply spiritual in nature, who through his unique experiences and awakening developed Aikido. O'Sensei sought to create a martial art intended to revive the true spirit of budo as a path to help and heal, rather than hurt, others. O'Sensei's ultimate purpose for Aikido was harmonizing one's self - body, mind, and spirit - with the larger whole of nature, humankind, and the universe.
" To injure an opponent is to injure oneself" "To control aggression without inflicting harm is the Art of Peace" O'Sensei
BODY, MIND, SPIRIT
Body - Improves overall fitness, health, coordination, agility, endurance, flexibility
Mind - Enhances internal and external awareness, focus, and concentration
Spirit - Promotes overall well-being, ability to be calm and grounded in conflict, refines ability to tune into and use energy (ki), and heightens sensitivity and connection
Skills and abilities developed and gained through conscientious and diligent training over time translate to benefits “off the mat” and into daily life
Body-mind-spirit integration practice premised on non-violence, harmony, and wholeness
Cooperative and collaborative nature of the art fosters more inclusive community