A pure budo comes with the unification of technique, body and heart. The budo, which will manifest itself, does not depend upon the technique, but rather upon the heart of the practitioner.The aim of Aikido is a kindness of heart expressed through this spirit of budo. Here are some thoughts on the spirit of Aikido.
Aiki is love Budo is the path of the warrior. Combined with the spirit of heaven and earth in your heart, you can fulfil your life’s destiny with unconditional love for everything. Aiki seeks to skilfully strike down the ego and inherent insincerity in battling an enemy. Aiki is the path of forgiveness and enlightenment. The martial techniques provide discipline for the journey of uniting the spirit and the body through channelling the laws of heaven.
The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one’s character according to the rules of nature. One becomes “resilient” inside yet this strength is expressed softly. Movements found in nature are efficient, rational, and soft, while the centre is immovable, firm, and stable. This principal of a firm centre is universally consistent – and must be true for each person. The culmination of Aikido is expressed by aligning one’s centre with the centre expressed throughout nature.
Aikido movement maintains this firm and stable centre with an emphasis on spherical rotation characterized by flowing, circular, dance-like motions. These pivoting, entering and circling motions are used to control and overcome the opponent. The principle of spherical rotation makes it possible to defend one self from an opponent of superior size, strength, and experience.
Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth as in nature, by applying a bit of force, these can become devastatingly effective. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age.
It not only offers spiritual development but also provides exercise and teaches proper etiquette and behaviour. At the heart of Aikido is the Eastern concept of Ki – the universal creative principle. Aikido seeks to unite this universal Ki with the Ki (life force or breath) found within each person.
Literally, Aikido translates as “the way of harmony with Ki”.
Aikido Doshu, Founder (O’sensei)
Morihei Ueshiba (Founder)
· 1883 Born on December 14 in Tanabe city, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
· 1912 Moves to Hokkaido Prefecture and meets Sokaku Takeda, learns Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujitsu.
· 1919 Meets O. Deguchi of the Omoto Sect in Ayabe, Kyoto.
· 1927 Moves to Tokyo with his family and begins teaching the Way of Aiki.
· 1960 Receives the Shiju Hosho Medal from the Japanese government.
· 1969 Passes away on April 26, at the age of 86.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu (Founders Son)
Kisshomaru Ueshiba (Son of Founder)
· 1921 Born on June 27, in Ayabe.
· 1946 Graduates from Waseda University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science.
· 1956 Gives the first demonstration and starts to teach Aikido to the public.
· 1957 Publishes the first textbook [AIKIDO].
· 1969 Assumes the title of Aikido Doshu.
· 1995 Receives the Zui Hosho Medal from the Japanese government.
· 1999 Passes away on January 4, at the age of 77.
Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu (Founders Grandson)
Moriteru Ueshiba (Grandson of Founder)
· 1951 Born on April 4, in Tokyo.
· 1976 Graduates from Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of Economics.
· 1986 Becomes General Director of the Hombu Dojo.
· 1996 Becomes Chairman of the Aikikai Foundation.
· 1999 Assumes the title of Aikido Doshu.