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
Aikido aims to blend with the motion of the attacker and redirect the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Techniques require little physical strength, as the aikido practitioner “leads” the attacker’s energy, force and momentum by using entering and turning movements. Aikido techniques are completed with throws, pins (immobilisations) or joint-locks.