Aikido [合気道] is a martial Art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early XX century.
Aikido is really different from other modern martial arts; without competitions, the practicer goal is to achieve harmony within the universe in his whole life, even outside the Dojo.
A pure budo comes with the unification of technique, body and heart.
The budo, which will manifest itself, does not depend upon the technique, but rather upon the heart of the practitioner.
Since contemporary values stress respect for human life, Aikido is a highly relevant form of the Japanese martial arts. Aikido is popular not just in Japan but throughout the world because people accept and agree with the underlying philosophy of Aikido.
Transcending boundaries of race and nationality, Aikido is practiced and loved by over 1.2 million people in more than fifty countries around the world.
A typical lesson starts with meditation, that is key in each technique; Developing a good meditation and control, makes you able to achieve better results in your entire life whatsoever.
All Aikido techniques belongs to the Ken and to the Jo, weapons historically used for killing but re-arranged by Morihei Ueshiba as the way to reach purification and harmony with the Universe (misogi-no-ken and misogi-no-jo).
The aim of Aikido is a kindness of heart expressed through this spirit of budo.