Aikido, known also as The Art of Peace, was developed and founded by
Morihei Ueshiba, respectively referred to as O'Sensei. A relatively new martial
art with an eclectic style and unique philosophy. Aikido has something to
offer everyone. From the unarmed samurai arts of old, Aikido does not
require a person to be or become an athlete because it generates its power
from the opponent's strength and aggression. This allows a much smaller
person to redirect an attack safely from its intended target, creating an
opportunity to escape to safety.
More than a martial art, Aikido provides an individual with much more than
self-defense. Because Aikido is a non-competitive martial art without
tournaments, practice partners learn to work together in a cooperative
manner where everyone becomes a winner. This atmosphere also fosters
self-respect and respect for others while building self-esteem and
Men, women, and children around the world practice Aikido. If one can move,
once can perform its techniques in an effective manner. If one can keep an
open mind and approach life with an empty cup anything becomes possible.