What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by the founder, O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba that uses timing, distance and the energy of the attacker to unbalance and control the attacker.
The founder stressed in his teaching a respect for all living things and a desire to reduce violence by expressing care and love for the attacker through Aikido.
At it’s simplest level it is an effective form of self-protection; at its highest level it becomes a philosophy for living, emphasizing nonviolent conflict resolution.
What are the benefits of studying Aikido? There are physiological, intellectual, and spiritual benefits to regular aikido practice.
- Aikido movements are healthful and help the student to develop better neuromuscular responses, better balance, flexibility and coordination. The exercise is vigorous and develops physical fitness that is flexible and balanced, It is organized into an efficient system that can be taught to students of all ages.
- Because Aikido practice is taught primarily in cooperative partnership exercises, it can develop the student’s spacial awareness and sensitivity to others.
- Aikido helps the students to develop respect for self and others, dedication, perseverance, humility and self-worth.
One poem of Aikido founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
The Art of Peace begins with you
Work on yourself and your appointed
Task in the Art of Peace.
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,
A body that can be trained in some manner,
A suitable path to follow.
You are here for no other purpose
Than to realize your inner divinity
And manifest your innate enlightenment.
Foster peace in your own life
And then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
- Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)
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