The Modern Japanese Martial Art of Aikido
The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese characters: Ai, meaning harmony; Ki, spirit or energy; and Do, path or way. Aikido is The Way of Spiritual Harmony.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art created in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba and teaches effective self defense in a unique way. An Aikido practicioner will blend or harmonize with an attack and use dynamic circular movements to unbalance the attacker. Then, rather than using potentially crippling kicks or punches, the Aikidoist can apply an endless variety of joint-locks, pins, or unbalancing throws to render an attacker harmless without causing serious injury.
Aikido teaches you to be flexible, fluid, and centered in any situation and to move spontaneously within its principles. An Aikidoist learns to unite body, mind, and spirit.