What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art. Morihei Ueshiba, also known as O‚Sensei, or Great Teacher, developed it. O‚Sensei was a master swordsman and licensed instructor of several styles of martial and fighting arts. He is often described as one of the best martial artists of all times.
O‚Sensei was a man of peace. He took a tradition of fighting arts, originally designed to inflict injury and death on the battlefield and transformed them into a path of Martial Arts dedicated to perfecting the human self by integrating mind, body and spirit.
Aikido is a noncompetitive martial art based on harmony. It is a self-defense system that neutralizes aggression through passive methods of conflict resolution rather than resorting to violence.
O'Sensei saw Aikido as one pathway to world peace. He said, "The spiritual significance of the sword is to refrain from its use."