Aikido is an important part of Japanese culture and is therefore honored.
It has a history of more than 500 years.
Aikido, literally translated "the way of coming together with Ki" is a Japanese martial discipline with a strong philosophical tendency developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) in the beginning of the 20th century.
Ueshiba, named by Aikidoka's O'Sensei (the great master), was inspired by the techniques of Japanese samurai and martial arts and/or martial arts such as Daito Ryu Jiu Jitsu, Jiujitsu and Kenjitsu.
Even outside Japan, this martial art is gaining more and more practitioners. Also, especially the previous action movies by Hollywood star Steven Seagal, many people have been inspired to practice this martial art.
Aikido has not significantly changed over the years.
It is a Budo sport where one concentrates on the development of inner strength (KI).
The greater this power is, the more one is able to cope with contemporary society with its workload and pace of life. It does not matter whether you have good coordination or not.
Perseverance and regular training provide sufficient opportunities to increase your own physical health and KI.
The big difference with martial arts such as Karate and Judo is that there is no emphasis in Aikido on the competition element. Every form of competition is absent in Aikido.
Aikido is defensive, but not in the absolute sense of the word.
The practitioner takes the initiative to get the situation under control.