Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his studies of martial arts, philosophy and religious beliefs. Aikido is most often translated as “the path of merging (c) with life energy” or “the path of harmonizing the spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was the creation of such art, which practitioners could protect not only themselves, but also the attacker from injury.
Aikido techniques are based on merging with the attack of the enemy, redirecting the energy of the attacker and ending with a painful seizure or throw.
Aikido takes its beginning in Daito-ryu Aikijutsu, but begins to diverge from it already in the late 1920s, partly due to the influence of Oomoto’s teachings on Ueshiba. The term aiki-jujutsu is regularly used in the records of his first students. Ueshiba older students use different approaches to the practice of aikido, to a large extent dependent on their learning time with him. Today, aikido is found throughout the world in the form of several styles, with a wide range of interpretation of techniques and a shift of emphasis to its different areas. However, they are all united by the principles formulated by Ueshiba, including the care of the attacker