About Aikido

The image shows Morehei Ueshiba, or O Sensei, the founder of Aikido, an older Japanese man with a white beard and mustache, wearing a white gi and hakama, holding a large watering can and pouring water on plants.

"To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."

– Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is a modern martial art developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei or “Great Teacher”). It is the culmination of a lifetime of study and has roots in many traditional martial art forms. Aikido (合気道) means "the way of harmonizing with energy." Aikido blends with an attack, evading and redirecting to throw or pin. At the highest level, this maintains the physical safety of the aggressor, who can then only harm themselves. Aikido has no sparring or competitions.

In a relentlessly fast-paced world, Aikido provides a place where you can practice mindfulness, develop mental and physical strength, and improve your flexibility.