What is aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese budo (martial art) and is based on eastern philosophy.

Aikido is effective as self-defense but it is much more that just that. It is also a way to practice body and mind for well-being and harmony.

There is no competition in aikido and everyone practices based on their own ability. Aikido is suitable for all ages, male and female.

The techniques may differ from other martial arts in the way that aikido does not encounter force with force. Instead aikido uses the attackers movement ant leads it in another direction. The techniques are based on circular movements and look very soft and gentle. When you have tried aikido you realize that although is looks soft and easy, the techniques are very powerful.

It takes a long time to get good in aikido and this is very stimulating because you can practice and develop throughout your life. It actually gets more rewarding the longer you practice. A big advantage in aikido is that you can practice regardless of age. Most of the highest ranked masters in Japan are over 60 years old.

Aikido improves the mental and physical capacity. Read more under Why practice aikido.

Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, O-sensei (1883-1969) in the idle of the 20th century after he had studied many different martial arts.

 

About 5000 people practices aikido in Sweden and there are more than a million practitioners in the world.

The word “aikido” is built by three kanji (Japanese writing)

Ai

Ai  can be translated to unifying and pictures a mouth under a roof- everyone speaks with the same voice.

Ki

Ki pictures rice under steam- the boiling rice, this symbolizes life important energy.
Ki is the universal energy, the life force.

Do

Do means way in the meaning of ”life task”, a journey that shall lead to insight and clarity. Pictures a head and a held back step.

 

One translation can be ” the way of the unifying spirit” another can be ”the way of harmony”