Aikido is a non-violent yet effective traditional martial art.
In Aikido we learn to redirect attacks to remove you from harm and thus safely end the conflict for everyone involved. Aikido is not only a means of defense but is a useful tool for everyday life. Using the peace and harmony learned through Aikido can help you cope with daily stresses and improve your overall well-being.
Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known as O-Sensei (“Great Teacher”). O-Sensei was disenchanted with the competition and violence of other martial arts of the day and moved to Iwama, Japan, in the 1940s to develop Aikido as it is practiced today.
One of O-Sensei’s students, Morihiro Saito Sensei, took O-Sensei’s teachings and made Iwama Style Aikido known worldwide. This is the style of Aikido that is practiced at Aikido in Louisa. Through our affiliation with Aikido in Fredericksburg, we have a direct link back to Saito Shihan and O-Sensei.
“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” – O-Sensei