Aikido is a martial way created and developed by Master Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) (1883 - 1969) as a natural expression of his spiritual development and lifetime of training in the martial arts. In the budo lineage, Aikido is practiced in the dojo as a martial art, while in daily life its applications for harmony and peace are much more far reaching. A highly respected and effective response to conflict, Aikido is an approach toward life that respects and promotes harmonious solutions.
Rather than clashing with opposing forces, Aikido seeks to blend. Instead of dominating people and situations aikido sets the stage for collaboration. Measured responses replace emotional reactions. Impulsiveness and stubbornness give way to patience and understanding.
O Sensei (~Great Teacher )
O Sensei's (Morihei Ueshiba ) teachings embrace the majesty and inherent intelligence of the natural world and our relationship to it. In addition, they provide a way to receive and respond to the day-to-day realities of interacting with the challenges of a changing society. Combining the knowledge and skills of a long line of martial art masters, the inspired principles of peace and harmony, and the natural order of personal development, aikido teaches a way of being with oneself in relationship to the world.