Created in the late 40s, Aikido is a martial art adapted to the modern world.
The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), was inspired by the best masters of martial arts in Japan at the time (Jujitsu schools, traditional fencing …). The philosophical or religious background (Shinto traditions, Zen, Tao) played a very important role in the development of this art.
AÏ : unity, concordance, harmony
KI : vital energy
DO : track, way, search
AÏKIDO “way of harmonous energy”.
A perfect defense technique, Aikido proposes to destroy one’s opponent’s aggressiveness by demonstrating the very futility of his/her attack.
A complete physical and moral discipline, Aikido enables its adepts to acquire perfect self-control by ensuring a harmonious development of the body.
Aikido is based on several types of techniques:
– Unarmed techniques with one or more (armed or unarmed) opponent(s), .
– Sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) techniques.
– Concentration and breathing techniques.
All techniques are designed to control the opponent through projection or immobilization techniques..
The aim is to channel the moves, speed and strength of the opponent, using them smoothly.
Aikido is a non-violent martial art, which excludes any competition practice. During a training session, men and women practice together regardless of size, weight or level.