Founded by Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969, Aikido is an art of self-defense which emphasizes harmonious body movement, throws, and joint locks. When using Aikido properly, violent aggression can be neutralized swiftly and cleanly so that effective self-defense is possible without inflicting injury.
Aikido is more than a physical art, though. Into its techniques are woven elements of philosophy, psychology, and dynamics. It is a way of life that unifies life energy, ki, a way of being in harmony with one’s environment and centered within oneself. At its highest levels, it is an effective discipline for the development, integration, and utilization of all of one’s powers – mental as well as physical.