About Aikido

Traditional martial art for modern times

Aikido is a modern and non-competitive martial art created by the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. One of the significant features of Aikido is the absence of competitive matches. There is no contest to determine superiority, and the primary purpose of Aikido is to train and develop both the mind and body.

In Japan and around the world, there are Aikido enthusiasts, and the global Aikido community comprises approximately 2 million practitioners, spread across more than 140 countries and regions.

This is why Aikido is accessible to people of all ages and genders, allowing them to practice Aikido comfortably and continuously throughout their lives!

The movements in Aikido are characterized by the use of circular motion. This serves both to avoid direct clashes with an opponent’s force and to emphasize harmony. It can also be seen as an embodiment of the movements in the universe. Here is a video that provides a clear explanation of the origins and principles of Aikido.

The founder, Morihei Ueshiba, left behind not only martial techniques but also a profound philosophy that can be seen as an integral part of Aikido. Here are a few of Morihei Ueshiba’s quotes:

“Aikido is the manifestation of love. It is not a contest to see who is the strongest; true budo is the loving protection of all beings.”

“Aikido is non-resistance. Because it is non-resistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished.”

“In true budo, there is no enemy. True budo is the function of love. It is the function of cherishing and nurturing all things.”

Aikido is a profoundly deep and spiritual martial art. If you have an interest, please consider practicing it with us!

Masters of Aikido

The vision of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, has been passed down to his son, Kishomaru Ueshiba, and subsequently to his grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba. Aikido practitioners worldwide continue to train under the Ueshiba family’s guidance.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883~1969) 

Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921~1999) 

Moriteru Ueshiba (1951~) 

Spirit of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, aimed to achieve world peace through Aikido. When I was younger, I used to think, “That’s a really big goal, but I don’t quite understand it…”

However, now I see people from various backgrounds training together, sweating, engaging in self-improvement, and building connections beyond national borders through Aikido. It makes me feel that Aikido is indeed contributing to world peace. Moreover, considering the turbulent state of the world today, it seems that the “spirit of harmony” in Aikido is needed more than ever.

Aikido may well be the martial art of the 21st century that is needed in the times to come.