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Aikido ( 合気道 ) is a Japanese martial art, created by O-Sensei (the Great Teacher). On purely physical level, Aikido is the art, which incorporates some throws and joint locks derived from Jiu-jitsu and some throws and other techniques from Kenjutsu. The aim of Aikido is not to kick the attacker with a hand or leg, but to take advantage of his power, gaining control over him, or cast him away. Aikido is not a static art  – much attention is paid to moving and dynamics of motion.

In closer contact with Aikido, practitioners will find everything they are looking for, be it applied self-defense techniques, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or peace of mind. O-Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of Aikido, placing great emphasis on developing harmony and inner peace. One way to translate the term “Aikido” is the “way of harmonious spirit”. This is so in contemporary Aikido, as well, although different styles emphasize spiritual aspects to different extent. Although the idea that martial art is striving towards peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is of primary importance in Aikido.

We could try to compress the concept of Aikido into a synopsis with a size n, but it would be of no help. Thus we leave Aikido practitioners an open possibility to discover the meaning of aikido without any pre-set notion…