Aikido, meaning "the way to union with universal energy", is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba over the period of the 1930s to the 1960s. Aikido contains a very significant spiritual component which is the result of Ueshiba's interaction with religion, such as Shinto and Buddhism. Thus, Aikido is also referred to as "the way of spiritual harmony" or "the art of peace". Both interpretations draw attention to the fact that Aikido's techniques are designed to harmonize with an attack by redirecting the energy instead of blocking it. Aikido incorporates a wide range of techniques which use principles of energy and motion to redirect, neutralize and control attackers.
"Progress comes to those who train and train.
Reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere."
- Morihei Ueshiba
"Kokoro; mind, body, spirit. Give all three and you will advance quickly.
If you are just paying for lessons, it will take a long time."
- David Shanstrom, Sensei, Kokoro Aikido Tucson