Aikido is a modern martial art based on principles of traditional Japanese budo; developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969) as a means to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. Aikido does not depend on overpowering an opponent through physical strength so practice may be enjoyed by men and women of all ages and abilities. Instead of directly opposing an aggressor, the force of an attack is redirected so the assailant is thrown or pinned without necessarily being injured. There is no competition in Aikido as all techniques are defensive.
Aikido is a philosophy with a physical expression. Its basic principles are non-violence and harmony.
In Aikido, attacks are neutralized through circular blending movements rather than using force against force. The techniques of Aikido use balance, awareness, and ki, an inner energy not dependent on physical strength. The training is dynamic and can be physically vigorous and challenging.
The dojo, or training hall, is a place for serious personal exploration. The practice of traditional Japanese etiquette helps to create a non-competitive and mutually supportive environment.

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