Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). The techniques of Aikido depend not on physical strength, but on motions that blend with the energy of the attacker. Practitioners of Aikido gain not only the benefit of a powerful system of self-defense, but also a set of values and attitudes that seek to make conflict unnecessary. The founder, whom we refer to as “O Sensei” (Great Teacher), was a powerful man who mastered many traditional fighting arts before developing Aikido. According to him, “Aikido is not a technique to fight with or to defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family.”
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