Aikido was developed in Japan in the late 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba who, as a young man, studied and mastered many of the traditional "bujutsu" or warrior arts. Ueshiba came to believe that the true essence of the warrior path lay not in winning battles but in the encouragement of cooperation and harmony among people. He developed Aikido, which means "The Way of Harmony with Spirit," out of this basic insight.

  Therefore, unlike most martial arts, Aikido is primarily defensive. Ueshiba taught the importance of harmonizing with, and redirecting the force of, an attack to immobilize the attacker without harm. He instilled an ethical philosophy encouraging self-development and cooperation.

  Aikido does not rely on bodily strength but rather on the coordination of mind and body, and thus the practice of Aikido is beneficial to all regardless of age, physical stature or gender. Most importantly, the Aikido philosophies and practices concentrate on self cultivation and can be applied to one's every-day life.

  Quoted from the book "What is Aikido," by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan and founder of Ki Society:
"The principles of Aikido, most modern of Japan's Martial Arts, were discovered by Morihei Ueshiba. Its outstanding feature is that it made a great leap from the traditional physical arts to a spiritual martial art, from a relative martial art to an absolute art, from the aggressive, fighting martial arts to a spiritual martial art that seeks to abolish conflict."

  Ki-Aikido is a defensive martial art seeking the most peaceful and fluid resolution to any type of conflict. Using the natural power of gravity, timing and circular movements, we train to co-ordinate mind and body. Ki-Aikido is beneficial for everyone regardless of size, age, gender or physical ability.

  Going beyond the advantage of learning to defend yourself, Ki-Aikido also helps you to function better in your everyday world, to build confidence, raise your level of physical fitness, as well as teach a new way to handle conflicts and other difficult situations.

  Fortunately, most of us will never need the physical combat skills of Aikido outside the dojo. However, our daily lives can be greatly enriched by the calmness and inner strength developed through the practice of Aikido. Many of the Ki development techniques taught in class can be practiced and beneficially applied in the normal course of daily living. Being aware that the study and practice of Ki-Aikido need not be confined to the dojo will enhance your progress and the benefits you obtain. The diligent study of Ki-Aikido can lead to a more vigorous, confident, and spirited way of life.

  Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, or Ki-Aikido for short, was developed by one of Ueshiba's greatest students, Koichi Tohei, who believed that the essence of Ueshiba's Aikido was the way it fostered the coordination of mind and body. Tohei called the development of this coordination Ki Development.
  In 1971, he founded the International Ki Society to promote Ki training and Aikido training based on
Ki principles (handbook page 7; pdf).




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