Aikido is a non-violent, Japanese martial art introduced by Morihei Ueshiba formerly known as, 'O-Sensei' or 'Great Teacher.'
While Aikido does use strikes, Aikido's main focus is on using an attacker's energy and structure to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. Martial arts training begins with learning basic movements statically or step by step and incorporating motion as one learns fundamentals.
Aikido is not only applicable self-defense, it also provides a path to personal growth and peace of mind. O-Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of Aikido, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace.
Aikido can be translated into "The Way of Harmony." Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.
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