Aikido translates as “Way of the Harmonious Spirit”.
Developed in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), Aikido is a defensive art focused on harmonious conflict resolution. It can be practiced by men and women of virtually any age .
Although a powerful self-defense system, the primary focus of aikido is self-improvement through sincere martial arts training. Aikido develops both the mind and body. Training improves mental focus and self-confidence, enhances physical fitness and coordination, and imparts wisdom.
There is no competition or “sparring” in aikido. Instead, training is cooperative, with advanced practitioners helping beginners learn the art in the way most appropriate for their goals and abilities.