as I understand it at this time.
is a Japanese martial art thought to be derived from
Daito Ryu Aiki-jujitsu, and a few other systems. What
we know for fact is that it was developed by Sensei
Morihei Ueshiba, Who was born in 1883, and was
by his 30's a outstanding martial artist,
holding instructor ranks in several
different RYU's. He realized that the martial arts
could be used to instruct people in the ways of peace
and tolerance, rather than pure violence. The Aikido
Techniques do not use Trickery, deceit, or brute
strength to defeat an attackers intentions. The
Techniques instead use the physical mechanics of the
body and momentum or movement, to get
you to your desired goal. It is more than a mere
moving of Bodies and manipulation of
joints. As you study this art you
will have to concentrate on your body mechanics and
your center. You can learn to deal with the attack
without harming the person attacking you. You can
get to a point in your training where you have the
choice of causing harm but have learned that
doing so is not necessary and counterproductive to
achieving your goal of remaining unharmed as well.
My understanding of Aikido and what it is truly
comprised of will change over time as yours will as
well when you reach greater understanding along
at first, is like someone handing you a feather and
telling you that not only can you pound nails with it.
That it'll work better than a hammer. After a while
you see the strength the quill has, and what type of
feather it really is."