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Aikido is originally hearted from the Japanese art of samurais. When O’sensei Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido in the beginning of 1900 century, he wanted to create a martial art that leads away from the actual fight. Like a friendly martial art. In this way Aikido differs from other martial arts. What is being practiced is a way of self-defence techniques but the intention is not to learn how to defend. Aikido is a way to harmony and smoothness.

There is no attacking techniques in Aikido when we talk about training with a partner, not opponent. To compete with each other is unthinkable. It is with cooperation teach harmony between both powers. In that way real done Aikido looks like it is settled, but all the techniques are impossible to stand up against.

On the technical side, Aikido is rooted in several styles of jujitsu (from which modern judo is also derived), in particular daitoryu-(aiki)jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting arts. Oversimplifying somewhat, we may say that Aikido takes the joint locks and throws from jujitsu and combines them with the body movements of sword and spear fighting. However, we must also realize that many Aikido techniques are the result of Master Ueshiba's own innovation.

It takes a long time to learn Aikido, maybe a lifetime. But then again, there is no age limit for practicing Aikido. Aikido is as easy or difficult to learn both for a child or an older, man and woman. In this long journey you have only one opponent, and it is yourself. Moreover, a competition match in Aikido would be very boring because no one would start an attack against the other one.

The word Aikido means "the way to harmony with life power" or "the way of harmonious spirit".
The harmonious spirit is a whole meaning of Aikido training. It shall not get robbed when the attack comes, it leads aggresion away, so the attack cannot do any harm either to the attacker or the one attacked. The Aikido practitioner has concern for the well-being of the attacker.

Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba, was born in Japan on December 14, 1883. As a boy, he often saw local thugs beat up his father for political reasons. He set out to make himself strong so that he could take revenge. He devoted himself to hard physical training and eventually to the practice of martial arts, receiving certificates of mastery in several styles of jujitsu, fencing, and spear fighting. In spite of his impressive physical and martial capabilities, however, he felt very dissatisfied. He began delving into religions in hopes of finding a deeper significance to life, all the while continuing to pursue his studies of budo, or the martial arts. By combining his martial training with his religious beliefs and political ideologies, he created the modern martial art of Aikido. Ueshiba decided on the name "Aikido" in 1942 (before that he called his martial art "aikibudo" and "aikinomichi").

A general perception of Aikido is that there are no competitions.
An official explanation for the lack of competition in Aikido is that this particular martial art is based on harmony, and competition is the antithesis of its primary objective.
This is largely true, although there are some styles which have limited competitions. Tomiki style, for example, has matches using tanken (short swords) with dull blades, and specific rules for scoring points. Also, some trainees like to test each other to see if they can make their techniques work against other trainees who are resisting with full power, and vice-versa. This is constructive in moderation since any weaknesses and defects in technique become immediately clear, as long as the primary goals of perfecting technique and developing cordial relationships with other trainees is maintained in the forefront.


In 1975, to unite Aikido practitioners from around the world, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was formed, paving the way for Aikido activities to be conducted on a truly global scale.

The IAF became a Member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) at the GAISF General Meeting in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 1984, and participated in the Third World Games held in Karlsruhe, West Germany in 1989.

Commensurate to the development of Aikido throughout the world, requests to send Aikido experts to teach around the world surged from groups such as the Japan Foundation and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. JOCV volunteers teach Aikido for two years in the local country and Japan Foundation participants stay for a variety of lengths on several programs.


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