Aikido is a Japanese martial art that has its origins in various traditional martial practices (Budo). The founder of Aikido, Morihei UESHIBA (1883-1969), synthesized these disciplines by incorporating a nonviolent philosophy respectful of the individual. The meaning of the three ideograms (kanji) is as follows:
合 AÏ Union, harmony.
気 KI Energy, blown.
道 DO The way, the study
Aikido is therefore the way of the union of energies and consists in its practice not to oppose the strength of its adversary-partner, but to harmonize with and use it in his technique. The practice is articulated around techniques with bare hands (fixed assets and projections) and with weapons (sword, stick, knife).
There is no competition in Aikido, we seek above all to progress towards oneself by developing own skills: flexibility, agility, speed, strength, endurance … But also the vigilance, self-control, the respect for others.
The teaching is progressive and adapted according to the motivations of each one. The practice, through the implementation of various situations, aims to develop the placement of the body in space, the appreciation of distances, notions of balance / imbalance, breathing in the effort …
The practice of this martial art (BUDO) is for all men, women and children and allows you to flourish while opening up to Japanese culture.
“Aikido is the art of self-knowledge”. O sensei’s words.