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Aikido is a non-violent yet effective martial art used for peaceful conflict resolution. The purpose of Aikido is to blend in harmony with an attacker, redirecting the attack in a way that removes you from harm and safely ends the conflict for everyone involved. The ultimate goal is to do no harm even when attacked.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)

Aikido is not only a means of defense but is a useful tool for everyday life. Using the peace and harmony learned through Aikido can help you cope with daily stresses and in time improve your overall well-being.

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known as O’Sensei (“Great Teacher”). O’Sensei, disenchanted with the competition and violence of other martial arts, moved to Iwama, Japan, in the 1940s and developed Aikido as it is practiced today. For more information about O’Sensei see http://www.aikidofaq.com/history/osensei.html

One of O’Sensei’s students, Morihiro Saito, trained with O’Sensei until O’Sensei’s death in 1969. Saito Shihan took O’Sensei’s teachings and made Iwama Style Aikido known worldwide. This is the style of Aikido that is practiced at Aikido in Louisa.

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.”

Aikido in Louisa is a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association, which is sanctioned by Aikikai World Headquarters in Tokyo.