Harmony in martial arts and in life
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (referred to as “O-Sensei” [Great Teacher] by Aikidoists). Basic Aikido techniques include throws and joint locks, and an important part of beginners’ practice is learning to “follow” techniques and fall safely from any position.
O-Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of the art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. For that reason, competition is not permitted in Aikido, nor is there emphasis on fighting. “The Way of Harmony of the Spirit” is one way that “Aikido” may be translated into English. Although the idea of a serious martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art.
Aikido was developed by O-Sensei from his broad experience in the martial arts, and carried throughout the world by his personal students. Today, countless thousands of students practise in virtually every country of the world, attempting to realize in their lives the high ideals and incredible technical skills O-Sensei taught.
Aikido is the subject of an extensive, independent article in Wikipedia.