Aikido is not competitive: rather, the aim of Aikido training is improving one’s character, self-development and self-defence in the context of a martial art. We learn and train collaboratively, repeating skills and techniques to improve proficiency over time. Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883~1969), who is known as O’Sensei (‘great teacher’).
ai - joining, unifying, combining
ki - spirit, energy, mood, morale
dō - the path or way