Aikido is a non-aggressive Japanese martial art also known as ‘the Way of Harmony’. Aikido was founded and developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920s, and was first registered under the name “Aikido” in 1942. The art went under the names "Aiki-jujitsu" and "Aiki-Budo" previously. Strictly a martial way, there is no competition in Aikido. As O Sensei constantly said: The real opponent in life is really oneself. In this, Aikido mirrors life in its infinite possibilities. There is no point where one can claim mastery.
Techniques in Aikido are based on forms of Jiu-jutsu, spear, staff, bayonet and sword techniques. Steeped in Japanese tradition, the philosophy of Aikido is embedded in the name itself:
This approach came from the practice of Budo (way of the warrior) as understood by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as “O Sensei”; reflected in its observance of discipline, its circular techniques, flowing movements, and quiet concentrated practice in Aikido “Dojos” around the world.
Ueshiba Morihei O Sensei
Standing only 5 feet 2 inches, Morihei Ueshiba travelled and studied extensively, searching for the truth of Budo and of life. From a reputable family, O Sensei was able to study with various teachers in some of the most exclusive martial art schools, and was respected by the elite of Japanese society.
Through his desire to learn and excel, O Sensei soon earned the reputation of being "The Budo Master of Ayabe"; undefeated in all his encounters, thanks to the whirling techniques that he had developed through a synthesis of the techniques he had acquired.
Aikido does not utilise physical force to subdue an attack. It is not about destruction, fighting or competition; it is about harmony.
Flowing, whirling motion is basic in Aikido. This comes from the blending and harmonizing of the Aikido practitioner with the force of the attack. The force is avoided in a circular motion, returning it to the aggressor in a non-aggressive manner while exerting minimum strength. This makes Aikido practical and possible for all ages; especially as a self-defense for women and children.
As Budo, or pure martial art, there is no competition in Aikido. The practice of Aikido develops character, attitude, forges the spirit and strengthens the body.
Ueshiba Aikido (Victoria)
Our dojo takes its name from the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.
Ueshiba Aikido (Victoria) is affiliated to the Aikido World Headquarters (Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Japan) based on its Grading Syllabus, and previously through Ueshiba Aikido Association of Singapore (registered with the World Aikido Headquarters on June 24, 1996). Its previous incarnation was the MYMCA Aikido Club, Singapore that had been in existence since the 1960s until then. Our curriculum is based on the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.
Ueshiba Aikido (Victoria) conducted its first Aikido classes here in Victoria on 1st March 2004, at Gordon Head Elementary School under Rafael Oei Sensei.