What Is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese system of budo created by Master Morihei Ueshiba also called O’Sensei (大 先生), in the early 20th Century It is derived from a number of forms of Jujutsu, in particular sword arts such as Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jutsu, and contains elements of misogi (Purification Rituals), meditative practices and body development exercises.

It is concerned on one hand an effective ways of preserving practitioners from harm, while inflicting as little damage as possible on an aggressor. Aikido is also concerned with promoting health and long life through regular practice, relaxing and stretching the body through intricate movements.

The techniques can be aerobic and callinetic and practiced in a way so as not to injure. Aikido Has both solo exercises (called Tandoku-dosa) and paired exercises (called Sotai Dosa), and is considered a purely defensive art practices without aggression.

The System is holistic dealing with attacks from all positions and also considers multiple attackers and to some degree weapons such as Bokken (Wooden sword), Jo (wooden Staff),or Tanto (wooden knife) practices.