Aikido (ahy-kee-doh) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Morihei Ueshiba, also known as O'Sensei (Great Teacher), based Aikido on the principles of balance and harmony. It is an effective non-aggressive style of self-defense, focusing on awareness and taking control of a situation instead of being controlled by it.
When practicing Aikido, we utilize circular movement to redirect attacks and we blend and 'lead' the attacker into a variety of throws or joint-tightening techniques.
Because the emphasis is on blending with an attack instead of clashing head-on, the practice of Aikido does not rely on strength and can be enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages.