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  "In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control.   Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to surpress or control
  an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend   with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly   behind it
  O - Sensei Morehei Ueshiba

  The founder, Master Morehei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) - 1883 to 1969

  AIKIDO is a relatively new self-defense art founded in Japan by O-Sensei (Great   Teacher). As a young man he applied himself to many years of arduous training   in Budo (Martial Arts), mastering Jui-Jutsu, the use of the spear (Yari) and staff   (Jo) and enjoyed the reputation of being unbeatable with the sword (Bokken).
   O-Sensei also delved deeply into religion, studying Zen Buddhism and Shinto.   Although he became very strong and won many matches he was troubled by the   idea that winning at someone else's expense was not really winning and came   to realise that true self defense was not winning over others, but winning over   the   discord within oneself.

  As an acknowledged Master he began to practice movements, exploring them   deeply, searching physically and mentally, and spending long hours in   meditation.

  As a result, AIKIDO was born to divert harm from oneself while not inflicting   permanent injury on an aggressor. As AIKIDO developed, it became clear that it   was not only an effective means of self-defense, but also a way to interperate   one's attitude to life.

  The meaning of the word Aikido

  The word AIKIDO in Japanese is made up of three characters, or Kanji. The first   and most important is 'AI' which means harmony; the second is 'KI' which   means   spirit or soul and the third id 'DO' - being the way or path (as in Ken-do or  Ju-do)   to signify that the study of a martial art does not only involve self defense   techniques but also includes positive character building ideas which can be   incorporated into daily life.

  The Philosophy of Aikido

  Although AIKIDO is primarily a self-defense art, it takes as the basis of its   philosophy the idea of being in harmony with the opponent, rather than being in   conflict. In AIKIDO students practice alignment of their posture and movement   with that of their attacker, enabling redirection of the attackers power leading the   opponent to a pin or throw. Because timing, balance and angles are used,   rather   than just physical strength it enables the person who is attacked to control   an   opponent without comparable aggression and is very suitable for both men   and   women with a range of ages and physical abilities.


  Like the practice of AIKIDO techniques, etiquette trains the spirit through the   observance of outward forms. Etiquette is that aspect of AIKIDO training that   specifically addresses safety, mutual trust and respect. The format used in most   dojos originates in the traditional Japanese courtesy and generally involves a   series of bows. As with techniques, etiquette is learned over time from the   Sensei and by copying fellow students.


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