Motomichi Anno Sensei
Kumano Hayatama Taisha 2009
Ai : unity, harmony, love
Ki: energy, flowing breathe of life
Do: way, path
“Aikido is the Path of Harmony between Humankind and the Universe”
Morihei Ueshiba, 1883-1969, Aikido Founder
Why are conflicts so numerous in the world?
Because the human spirit is inhabited by vanity, lust and greed. There
is also fear, doubt and guilt. These characteristics belong to the
ancestral and animal nature of human beings: characteristics of
predator and victim. As long as people’s thoughts and actions are
imprinted by these characteristics, conflicts will continue. History
shows that no law or political regime has been able to find a solution
to establish peace, harmony and love.
Aikido is a path which proposes a possible change. It is the way that
allows one to leave ancestral impulses and to elevate oneself toward a
real humanity. It is the deep purification which allows one to smile to
life. It helps to manage the hardest difficulties in one’s life with
strength and serenity. And it lets peace, love and light shine in
oneself and all around.
Aikido is a
Japanese martial art. It cultivates harmony (Ai) and allows the
practitioner to establish a rich and harmonious relationship between
oneself and one’s environment. It is the path which promotes a free and
fluid flow of vital energy (Ki). It contributes to the free expression
of all manifestations of life. The Ki’s flow strengthens a body’s good
health, awakens the spirit and opens the heart. Aikido allows finding
one’s balance. It stimulates fluidity, awakens the senses and promotes
This art permits one to live life fully, in a responsible and
enlightened manner. The Aikido practitioner learns how to freely let
the life energy flow into oneself, without tension or resistance. He or
she blossoms like flowers in spring.
This is Takemusu Aikido.
Kumano Nachi Taisha 2009
is always relevant, regardless of the period, culture or place. It
concerns humanity in relation to the cycle of great nature. This art
appeared to O Sensei after numerous years of assiduous practice and
Aikido is transmitted by the I Shin den Shin (from heart to heart)
relationship between an instructor and his or her student. Thanks to
this, the Founder’s teaching has always been transmitted faithfully.
This martial art is for all the people, large, small, male, female,
strong, fragile, old, young, healthy, sick or disabled. Aikido is a
strong and engaged practice. It is a path which one can follow all
Aikido is a wonderful way that humanizes and fulfills the one who practices it.
“In true Budo
We seek to become one with all things
And return to the heart of creation
The purpose of Aikido training
Is not simply to make us
Stronger or tougher than others.
It must turn us into warriors of peace.
This is our mission in Aikido.”
Morihei Ueshiba, 1883-1969, Founder of Aikido.