is a traditional Japanese martial art developed around the idea of
conflict resolution. The word Aikido can be broken down into three
parts: Ai (meaning, accord, harmony, synchronization) Ki (meaning,
force, energy, power) and Do (referencing a path to self-development
and growth). When combined these three parts give us a direct
translation of: “the way of bringing force into harmony”; this is
exactly what Aikido is.
Unlike many martial arts Aikido seeks to resolve conflict before it
becomes a problem. The goal of the Aikido practitioner is not to “get”
the other fellow, but instead to listen and find a way through the
problem in a mutually beneficial way, be it physical or non-physical.
Aikido uses the power of “Aiki” to do this. In a martial context,
Aiki is the ability to sense and move with someone’s desire to attack
you. This oftentimes allows you to resolve the problem before it gets out
Aikido’s methodology comes from the Samurai of Japan. The Samurai were
the no nonsense military cast of ancient Japan. The techniques found in
Aikido are those used by Samurai to defend themselves and those they
served. Because the techniques found in Aikido are those of the
Samurai, the core of Aikido’s technical syllabus is based around armed
conflict while dealing with multiple attackers. While this might not
seem to be much use to a modern practitioner living is a civilized
world; the lessons learned are directly applicable to dealing with the
daily onslaught of non-violent tasks one must accomplish every day.
Aikido training gives you a way to deal with the constant barrage of
challenges one must face in a day. By facing the regular challenges
you’ll encounter every time you enter the Dojo (school of practice)
regular life will seem less and less of a problem.
Aikido as a practice can enrich your life and strengthen your body.
Aikido develops your listening skills, making you much more attuned to
your surroundings. Aikido is a path to living a happier,