Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) in the late 1940’s. O’Sensei had studied many martial arts, including sword, short staff, and jui-jitsu. But after an epiphany about the futility of brute force, he decided to come up with his own style that emphasized blending with an opponent, rather than “fighting” against them. The movements come from traditional samurai unarmed techniques, but without the deadly consequences. A deeply spiritual man, O’Sensei envisioned Aikido as a way to bring about world peace.
We practice mainly the physical techniques, but there are many levels (mental, emotional, spiritual) that students can work on. This is a way to become a better human being, not just a better fighter.