Aikido is a martial way created and developed by Master Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) (1883 - 1969) as a natural expression of his spiritual development and lifetime of training in the martial arts. In the budo lineage, Aikido is practiced in the dojo as a martial art, while in daily life its applications for harmony and peace are much more far reaching. A highly respected and effective response to conflict, Aikido is an approach toward life that respects and promotes harmonious solutions.
Rather than clashing with opposing forces, Aikido seeks to blend. Instead of dominating people and situations Aikido sets the stage for collaboration. Measured responses replace emotional reactions. Impulsiveness and stubbornness give way to patience and understanding.