Aikido came to be about ninety or one hundred years ago and was introduced to the general public around seventy years ago. It is considered an art form, and depending on the master, it has variations in style. Anybody can learn how to use it and to discover its purpose. It has spread to 140 countries worldwide, and it practiced by those in those countries on a continuous basis for the past seventy years. The true expression of the art form is better understood once one person or two partners really get into it.
- Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba based on his philosophy of compassion and empathy.
- Although Aikido originated in Japan, it has proliferated across nearly 150 countries.
- Aikido masters are very concerned with making sure that the philosophical, cultural and ethical ideals of Aikido continue to remain strong and are not lost.
“Aikido will be disseminated into society by itself if people understand that Aikido, being a martial art, is a wonderful physical and mental activity”