The Japanese martial art of Aikido, The Way of Harmony, is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife. Founded by » Morihei Ueshiba (1883 -1969) early in the twentieth century following his own extensive study of various armed and unarmed martial systems.
To those unfamiliar with this non-aggressive Martial Art, Aikido teaches the principle of blending; the softest things can overcome the hardest. The Aikido practitioner would not try to stop a punch by blocking, instead they would blend with the attackers energy, diverting the force and lead them to the ground.
By its very nature, Aikido is suitable for men, women and children of all ages as it does not rely on physical strength for its effectiveness. Through regular training students learn to harness their inner strength.