What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art created in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba, better known as O'Sensei. It is founded on both jujitsu and sword-fighting techniques and seeks to take principals learned in nature -- circular movements, efficiency of motion, resilience combined with strength -- and apply them to self-defense and individual development. Everything in Aikido moves and grows from center.

In the late 20th century, Aikido served as the basis of pressure point control tactics, which allow police officers to remove an individual from a scene without harming them.
There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.

                    Morihei Ueshiba

Who Practices Aikido?
Although increased flexibility, stamina, and physical conditioning are a natural result of studying Aikido, it does not depend on strength for effectiveness.

It can be practiced by people of all body types, ages, and genders.
Sangamon Aikikai
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