art of Aikido relays on a variety of techniques from the ancient
days of the Samurai, including "empty- hand" techniques
as well as using traditional weapons.
The specialty of this art is in the principle of "Non-Resistance"
(Safely integrating with the attack instead of opposing it in
order to neutralize it).
Applying this principle effectively requires a high level of
body-mind control and lots of training. With time & practice
it may benefit our body greatly!
does not require great physical strength and there for may also
fit women and people with weaker body constitution, interested
in developing elegancy & internal power. Aikido practice
is a way of life beginning by learning techniques and correct
bodily usage, and continues through interaction with partners
and practical application.
is recommended out of inspiration to the beauty and uniqueness
of Aikido. Any person may fit for practice regardless in his\her
constitution, size, sex etc. Nevertheless, in case of disability
or any medica limitation one should consult a qualified instructor
prior to their training period.
has been developed since the beginning of the 20'Th century by
UESHIBA MORIHEI (1883-1969), a remarkable martial artist with
a unique & impressive personality. Ueshiba Sensei was trained
in various martial arts such as several styles of Jiu-Jitsu, sword
fighting, Jo (short staff) and more.
a spiritual person in nature Ueshiba gradually refined his techniques
into a unique level of harmony and integration with any attack
without opposing it. The principle of "Winning without opposition
or physical effort" became his main guide, as well as the
role of AIKIDO.
his remarkable skill & contribution his direct students
named him "O-Sensei", meaning "Great teacher",
a highly hourable title!
Meaning of the name-
Harmony, Unity, Confronting
modern times we are all in a debate against the world around us
all the time. Most of us are fighting constantly against other
people, against drivers on the road, against the surrounding reality
and even against physical forces surrounding our bodies. Aikido
teaches us not to resist the world around us, but to integrate
positively. This process is created as a result of a continuous
Life force, energy
flow of life nourishes everything in the universe and exists in
every living thing. It also exists in any attack & movement
created by the attacker against us (direction, power etc.).
Training in Aikido allows us to feel the quality of this flowing
energy around us, unify with it and get to know our body's potential
Aikido contributes greatly to improving coordination, flexibility,
inner strength, human interaction and awareness towards the environment
(the opponent's attack).
is the Japanese pronunciation of the word "Tao" in Chinese
referring to the way of the universe and all things.
Practice in Aikido becomes a constant way of life for the practitioner,
with which he/she is gradually becoming a "martial artist"
and not just a "warrior".
Without the commitment to it the practitioner may never learn
the importance of responsibility towards himself/herself, his/her
body and the world around him/her. Respect towards others is a
divine virtue that "opens" our heart & mind to the
world and strongly relies on the development of our bodies through