The history of Aikido

The martial art of Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Formally a student of Daito-ryu Aiki jujutsu and swordsmanship, he created a martial art that utilised the opponents own movement to throw them. The system also included joint manipulation, the atemi or strikes were used to suppress an attack rather than destroy the opponent.

Many of his students were high ranked martial artists in their own right and referred to Ueshiba as O-sensei or Great teacher.

The peaceful arts of Japan

When training in the Japanese martial arts our human instinct to fight, be physical and let out our aggression, but as our life is best when its balanced, some martial artists take an interest in the peaceful arts, or complimentary arts, of Japan. The arts include calligraphy, study of the tea ceremony and poetry. Also Shiatsu which is a type of Japanese massage.

In the days of the samurai, by training the fighting arts on one hand and the peaceful arts on the other, it was thought to develop a better moral/balanced character. It’s not enough to be a competent fighter and swordsman but push oneself to be creative, appreciate the beauty of life and even heal rather than hurt.