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Way of Harmony

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.

Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

" To injure an opponent is to injure oneself" "To control aggression without inflicting harm is the Art of Peace"                                                                                                                                    O'Sensei


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


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