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"The secret of Aikido, is to harmonize with the movement of the universe and bring our selves into accord with the universe itself." O' Sensei maintained that budo is a work of love, a path to overcome discord in our selves and bring peace to the world, "to make the heart of the universe one's own heart."

Aikido (AI= Harmony KI= Energy DO= The Way) has been referred to as "Dynamic Zen" because of it's meditative and philosophical qualities. It fosters self-awareness that can eventually lead you toward spiritual enlightenment. The essence of all Aikido techniques is spherical motion around a stable energized center, where practitioners learn how to blend with the motion of attacks from one or multiple opponents, redirecting the attacker's energy into a point of non-resistance, controlling aggression without inflicting injury.

Morihei Ueshiba, or best known as O’ Sensei (Great Teacher) was born in Japan on December 14th, 1883. He dedicated his life to the study and practice of several martial arts and disciplines, including Daito-Ryu jujitsu under the renowned master Sokaku Takeda and Omoto Kyo religion under Onisaburo Deguchi, of whom received an exceptional level of spiritual awareness. He came to the realization that fighting and violence only creates more violence and even the most powerful warriors must eventually succumb to time and aging. In the end defeat is inevitable.

O Sensei understood that ultimate victory came not from fighting at all, creating later on a non-aggressive form of martial art based on the ancient fighting techniques and philosophical traditions of the samurai known as Aikido; an expression of his spiritual beliefs.
In 1925, came the great enlightening for O’ Sensei, a revelation that occurred after the defeat of a naval officer. This union of mind, body and spirit enabled him to layout the philosophical principles, on which aikido is based.​
It was in Iwama that Morihei Ueshiba conceived the birth of the art now called Aikido. This sanctuary, consisted of the Aiki Shrine, his home, and a dojo, all of which were completed in 1945. Also by that time, Aikikai in Tokyo was reestablished and was recognized as the World Headquarters of Aikido, lead by his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba and today by his grandson Moriteru Ueshiba.
In 1960, O’Sensei was one of four martial artists to ever receive the Shiju-hosho, this honorable award of achievement, would be given to him by the Emperor Hirohito himself. O Sensei continued his practice of Aikido until his death at the age of 86. After his passing on April 26, 1969, the Japanese government bestowed it's highest honor declaring Morihei Ueshiba to be a Sacred National Treasure of Japan.

"The secret of Aikido, is to harmonize with the movement of the universe and bring our selves into accord with the universe itself." O' Sensei maintained that budo is a work of love, a path to overcome discord in our selves and bring peace to the world, "to make the heart of the universe one's own heart."
Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

BUDO: MARTIAL WAY
Aikido is a form of Budo “martial way”. The word “do” in Japanese comes from the Chinese word “tao”, a path to follow, a discipline for self-development and a way of life. Bushido (“the way of the warrior”) also expresses that a warrior’s way of life is not simply fighting, but is the constant refinement and development of the human character.
The ideal of the samurai warrior of Japan, was a balanced human being, one who could truly be useful and of service to others. These traditions today are carried on in the martial arts like Aikido. Everything in Aikido training is meant to develop not only a strong individual, but one with the wisdom and energy to positively benefit society. A Budo practitioner views conflict not as a contest with others, but as an opportunity to forge oneself and overcome the enemy within.

A life lived fully in this manner naturally becomes the deepest possible spiritual training. A favorite saying of O-Sensei, was Masakatsu Agatsu: “True victory is self-victory.” This is the spirit of Aikido.

 

Reference: unitedstatesaikikai.com