What is Aikido?

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Aikido is a martial art that was developed in the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei). Despite his mastery of many fighting techniques, O Sensei had decided that winning seemed pointless if it was at someone else's expense. He decided that the true victory was not the defeat of an opponent, but the resolution of discord within oneself. He then developed the art as a means of diverting harm from oneself without inflicting damage on an aggressor. The founder often used the expression "faster than light" when describing the theory of Aikido. Aikido is practised by men, women & children of all ages. It develops mental concentration, agility, balance and reflex action. Training involves techniques using not only arms & legs, but the whole body as well as the Jo (staff) and the Bokken (wooden sword).



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Ai - Harmony 

Although a form of self defence Aikido is sometimes called the "non-fighting martial art". Training partners cooperate rather than compete, learning when and how to yield & how to guide & control each other's movements. 

Ki - Spirit 

Ki is described as the spirit of the universe or life force. Mind & body are united in Aikido's movements which overwhelm mere physical strength because they harmonise with universal energy. 

Do - The Way 

The study of Japanese martial arts involves more than just mastery of the technique. They provide a pathway for the development of self discipline, awareness & good character.

Osensei Quotes

There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei)

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Affiliated with Aiki Kai Australia and Aikido World Headquarters Japan

Established in 1965 under direct authorisation of the Aikido founder - Ueshiba Morihei by Sugano Shihan.

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