the way of harmonY
The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques. Founded by Morihei Ueshiba early in the twentieth century following his own extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial systems.
Aikido is non-competitive and promotions do not come through besting an opponent, but by demonstrating an understanding of basic exercises and techniques, which become more demanding or difficult as rank increases. In Aikido we strive to work in cooperation with a partner, still employing effective technique against an energetic and realistic attack, yet doing so by blending with the attack and redirecting its energy back to the attacker.
through the techniques themselves. Relaxation is learned automatically since without it the techniques will not function. And a balanced use of contractive and expansive power is mastered, enabling even a small person to generate enormous energy and self-defense skill.