Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that promotes non-violent resolution of conflict. The movements have low impact, are graceful and circular and are executed from a strong, balanced center. Aikido practice requires rigorous mental discipline and strict adherence to a code of etiquette. Besides enhancing self-defense skills, regular training increases stamina, health, mental focus and inner peace. Any one with average mobility, irrespective of sex, age and religion, can practice Aikido and derive benefits.
Aikido was founded in Japan in the early 1920s by Morihei Uyeshiba. The Founder was a famous martial artist well versed in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry who sought spiritual enlightenment through practices that tuned him into the Universal Energy. He achieved his quest and created Aikido as a non-violent way to resolve conflict and reconcile the world. His closest disciple of 23 years, Morihiro Saito Sensei, passed on his teachings for the world to benefit.
There are several different styles of Aikido, each reflecting the particular emphasis of the Founder's first generation of disciples. Accordingly there are hundreds of Aikido organizations throughout the world. Aikido World Headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan
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