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Aikido

Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budo) that was developed in the early part of the 20th Century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). A disciplined student of martial arts principle and philosophy, Morihei Ueshiba (known as O-Sensei or great teacher) created aikido out of his dissatisfaction with the competitive and destructive elements of earlier martial traditions. The emphasis of aikido is not directed toward the defeat, but neutralization of an attacker. Training stresses form, mutual cooperation, awareness, and the coordination of movement with a calm state of mind.

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Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba was born in the small port town of Tanabe (present-day Wakayama Prefecture) on December 14, 1883. Known as O-Sensei or "Great Teacher" to aikido practitioners worldwide, Morihei Ueshiba is credited with developing Japan's spiritual martial art. Having a weak constitution as a child, Ueshiba set out to develop his body and eventually became known for his great strength. Although exposed to various martial disciplines from an early age, Morihei Ueshiba's first formal martial arts study was with the Tenjin Shin'yo-ryu Jujutsu under Tokusaburo Tozawa in 1901 at age 17.

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Aikido Journal

Online journal and information source for Aikido and the aiki arts. Includes articles, forums, encyclopedia, book reviews, dojo and event finder, and more. The Aiki Store sells Aikido and Daito-ryu Aiki Jujustu books and DVDs.