Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title ‘O’Sensei’ or ‘Great Teacher’) during the first half of the 20th century. Aikido is based on the traditional Japanese martial arts styles Aiki-Jujutsu and Ken-Jutsu.
According to its creator, Aikido is the contemporary answer to the challenges of the 20th century. The purpose of Aikido practice is not that the person should resolve conflicts via their physical force but rather by an upgrade of the physical and spiritual qualities they possess. The philosophy of harmony in the full range of its all possible dimensions – that’s what the philosophy of Aikido is about. There are no competitions in Aikido, nor tournaments. Practicing Aikido means improving yourself and your techniques every day – a continuous and painstaking task on the path of self-improvement.