Aikido is a martial art in the Japanese tradition. The three symbols for “Ai-ki-do” (shown on left) literally mean “the way of harmonizing the energy of the Universe”. Aikido is very effective in neutralizing attacks by redirecting the aggressor’s energy back against him or her.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum. The techniques are completed with various throws or holds. (

The following video gives a concise description of the history and purpose of Aikido: Fudoshin Aikikai thanks Traditional Aikido of Sarasota ( for allowing its use.

Morehei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido

The ethics of Aikido

The benefits of Aikido

Who Should Practice Aikido?