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More than just a martial art...
Inner Peace & Harmony
"Aikido is the "Art of Peace," a discipline that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict... fostering compassion, wisdom and fearlessness."
John Stevens, 7th dan
Aikido is a defensive-only, spiritual martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei of Japan in 1942. Integrating East and West, O'Sensei's Aikido harmonizes and blends the spiritual exercises of several peaceful mainstream traditions with defensive-only martial arts techniques he created from his study of a great number of martial arts including judo, jujutsu and daito ryu aiki jutsu.
The natural concepts behind Aikikokaido techniques can be used anywhere to help peacefully resolve conflict: in the boardroom, in school, in one's personal life as well as on the mat.
A revitalizing discipline, Aikikokaido redefines the martial arts. In addition to practicing effective physical techniques which harness the energy of an attacker in order to unbalance them, we practice a variety of mind, body, spiritual exercises which promote refinement, healing and growth.
In Aikikokaido we protect as best as possible even the attacker.
Aikikokaido is non-competitive, and if done properly, it does not rely on muscle strength. Because of this, men and women of all ages can participate equally.
Aikikokaido offers a very effective solution to conflict based on relaxation, harmony and compassion combined with a system of martial techniques, pins and throws.
The Shambhala Guide to Aikido by John Stevens is a great first book on Aikido as well as a solid resource for advanced aikidoka. O'Sensei is pictured on the front cover lecturing to his students.
Aikikokaido is ...
A Path of Harmony, Clarity & Light that can be practiced almost anywhere one is standing.
The Universe as our teacher.
A Prayer For World Peace.
Aikido From A Zen Perspective