Aikido translates as the Way of Uniting the Energy of Life.

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) whose spiritual insights caused him to reform his mastery of classical Japanese martial arts, the arts practiced by samurai warriors, into a practice to transcend conflict and to nourish the growth of the individual and of society.

Budo (the martial way) is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the universe in order, protecting the peace of the world , as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form.
— Morihei Ueshiba

Fluid as water, the physical movements of aikido do not resist force but flow to blend with and control it. As the body becomes stronger, more pliable and resilient, likewise the mind becomes more flexible and adaptive to changing circumstances. Physical balance and centering is reflected in a stable psyche.

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
— Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is practiced both empty handed and with weapons. Techniques commonly result in throws or restraints. In keeping with it's principle of non-contention, there are no competitions in aikido. It is practiced collaboratively, with students of all levels of experience working together to develop their skills and expression of aikido's principles. Aikido is more than a method of self defence, it is a tool for forging ourselves as more effective human beings.

Life itself is always a trial. In training, you must test and polish yourself in order to face the great challenges of life. Then you will be able to make your way calmly and safely through any crisis that confronts you.
— Morihei Ueshiba