What is Aikido
“Way of peace and harmony of the spirit”
From the battlegrounds of feudal Japan, aikido is a martial art that was developed to allow unarmed samurai a chance to defend themselves against a sword. It was further developed and refined in the1920’s and 30’s by Ueshiba Morihei O’Sensei(Great Teacher).
Aikido is noted for its non aggressive approach to self-defence. Aikido does not depend on strength. Aikido practitioners seek to control rather than damage opponents. To a casual observer, aikido looks a little like judo or jujitsu – but it isn’t.
Inoue Kyoichi Sensei (10th degree black belt) demonstrating Yoshinkan Aikido on Darren Friend Sensei (6th degree black belt), Chief Instructor of Aikido Yoshinkai NSW (AYNSW)
Aikido’s basic principle is to utilize your opponent’s power to control them in a submission lock, pin or a throw. Rather than overcoming an aggressor with brute force, aikido relies on the power of circular movements, through which an opponent’s attack or momentum can be redirected against them.
Because aikido does not depend on strength, it is suitable for men and women, young or old.
Aikido is useful not only for self defence, but it also trains and disciplines the mind, body and spirit. Aikido facilitates a lifestyle that is healthy and well balanced:
- Developing stamina and improving fitness, health and general well being
- Improving reflexes, balance and coordination and helps to prevent fall injuries
- Enhancing confidence, self esteem, discipline and respect
- Increasing focus and concentration
- Relieving stress
“The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.” – Ueshiba Morihei, Founder of Aikido