A BRIEF HISTORY OF AIKIDO
Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883~1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts.
Aikido is different from other martial arts in that practitioners seek to defend themselves without causing injury to their attackers. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. In another word, with this style of martial arts, the main goal is to take your attacker’s strength and energy and turn it around to use against them as your own weapon. This is achieved through disarming your opponent without injuring them, and then taking their force and using it to your advantage
Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. There are no competitions or tournaments in Aikido. Therefore, Aikido is non-competitive.
Aikido requires a lot of time and practice to really get right, and because of this, you’ll find that it offers a lot of great training for your entire body’s physical fitness and flexibility.
The dojo is an ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex and occupation, and promote camaraderie among students.
Source: Aikikai Foundation http://www.aikikai.or.jp