Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei (1883-1969) from the traditional Japanese martial arts: Kendo, Judo and various styles of Jujitsu. The foundation of Aikido is Daito-ryu Aiki-jujitsu which was the Samurai’s traditional martial art.
Aikido is a non-violent martial art. In Aikido school, students develop their flexibility, through learning co-ordination and graceful movements and also gain physical strength in the process. In Aikido, students do not compete with each other but learn to harmonize with their partner’s attacks. Aikido techniques do not depend on physical strength training alone but include relaxation and strengthening of the mind as well. The non-aggressive quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men, women and children regardless of age because it emphasizes self-development through each individual’s independent efforts. Aikido offers excellent physical exercise and teaches self-control through mental and physical training. As such Aikido can be a lifelong study for both young and old.
Aikido is a very effective self-defense system against violence. Aikido teaches non-violent techniques to hold and pin down the attacker without inflicting injury.
The Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters) was officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940. The founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) received the Shiju Hosho Medal from the Japanese government in 1960. Aikido is practiced in more than 130 countries around the world. The current president of the Aikikai Foundation is Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, the grandson of the founder.
Katsumi Sensei 1
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