A modern expression of Japanese martial arts, Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (1885-1969) after long physical training and spiritual searching. The word “Aikido” can be translated as the way (“do”) of harmony (“ai”) for the spirit (“ki”). Aikido combines powerful throws, joint locks, and pins with training in the sword (“ken”) and the Japanese staff (“jo”).
Aikido is an art that does not depend on size or strength. In Aikido, technique will overcome brute force.
This is because Aikido techniques are based on the idea of keeping one’s center and blending with the energy of the opponent. The Aikido practitioner learns to move his or her body in a relaxed yet powerful manner. Even in his eighties, the Founder remained a powerful martial artist who could handle attacks from his much younger and larger students with ease.
Aikido is a way of life, and a discipline for body and mind that teaches respect for others. Aikido can be practiced by people of all ages, including children. Aikido cultivates traditional, ethical, and spiritual values. The study of Aikido helps one to develop inner strength and avoid conflict. Ueshiba regarded the practice of Aikido as a way to achieve universal peace.
Author: Raul Rodrigo
An Aikido Demo
The Lopez Wellness team, in cooperation with Kiryukan Dojo, will conduct an Aikido Demo session at 3:00PM on January 27, 2011 at the former Pacific Hub office at the Benpres Building in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. All Lopez group companies and member organization employees and affiliates are invited to join.
For inquiries or to confirm your attendance, please contact the LGFI-Lifelong office at 631.6394 or 634.3715.