Aikido (合氣道) literally translates to ‘the way of harmonizing with energy’. It is recognized for its unique spirit, so different from many martial arts which make sportive or combative aims their sole rationale. The goal of Aikido is nonviolent conflict resolution.
The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife. Founded by Morihei Ueshiba early in the twentieth century following his own extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial systems.