About Aikido 合気道
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that was developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). In Japanese, Aikido means “the way of harmony”. Aikido is derived from Japan’s traditional budo (the way of martial arts) and incoporates many attributes of these traditions in a “Way” that cultivates the whole person – developing of centredness, balance, poise and calmness, through dynamic movement and provides practitioners with a variety of options when faced with potential conflict situations.
The most outstanding feature of Aikido training is the vigorous practice of various motions (known as “kata” or “forms”) with one or more training partners. Aikido training is non-competitive, and techniques do not rely on strength for their effectiveness, but employ skillful timing and redirection of the energy of an attack, combined with joint locks, throws and immobilizations, to neutralize an attack. This allows people of all ages, sizes and abilities to enjoy training and gain benefits through the study of Aikido.
Regular practice and training in Aikido creates an overall sense of well-being. It feels good and awakens the body to move in a natural and controlled, yet flowing way, developing centredness, balance, suppleness, and poise, combined with an increased capacity to stay calm and focused, particularly in situations of crisis or stress. Through sustained practice, the body remembers how to move naturally and the mind remembers how to be calm and still. Many practitioners report improvements in their physical and mental well-being, alertness, ability to concentrate, and self-confidence in their daily lives.