"Aikido" can best be translated as "The Way of Harmony". Founded by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as O'Sensei (Great Teacher), Aikido developed as a pure form of Budo (Martial Way) drawing upon aspects of many of the older disciplines of Japan.
Unique as a martial art, from its soft, circular, fluid movements to its direct, concentrated applications, the techniques of Aikido are such that they can be applied to an attack from a larger, stronger, and more aggressive opponent with great effectiveness.
O'Sensei believed deeply that martial arts should not be belligerent in nature. Instead, his Aikido, is known for its ethical and humanistic view and its concept of non-conflict. O'Sensei's Aikido is much more than just a method to manage violent encounters, it is also a path for the development of the mind, body, and one's human potential.
The founder of Aikido, O'Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba
“All the secret teachings are to be found in the simple basics.”