Aikido could be called the martial art of not fighting. Aikido joins with an aggressor’s force rather than fighting against it. Size and strength are less important than good technique and being able to relate skillfully. Consequently, aikido is popular with a wide variety of people of all ages, gender and backgrounds.

Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the mid-twentieth-century after intense martial and spiritual training. Although it’s roots are in the traditional martial arts of the samurai, Ueshiba saw aikido as a path towards reconciliation and peace rather than as a method of domination and war. This unique perspective is another reason that many people are drawn to practicing aikido.

"Aiki is the principle of non-contention. Because it does not contend, it is victorious from the beginning. Aikido is invincible because it contends with nothing." ~ Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is a martial art specializing in throwing, locking joints and immobilization. Ueshiba believed that aikido was an expression of universal principles and so made no distinction between being armed with a weapon or not. He practiced extensively with sword, staff and spear as well as empty handed. This is known as riai or integrity of principles. The curriculum of Aikido Auckland follows this principle, covering empty handed practice, one-on-one and against multiple attackers; sword against sword; staff against staff; staff against sword; and disarming techniques against sword, staff and knife. There is a broad spectrum and variety of study to keep you interested.

Because aikido is such a diverse martial art it attracts a very diverse range of students from many different backgrounds and with many different goals. Probably the one thing they have in common is they are all interested in self-development whether that means getting fitter, stronger and more coordinated, learning to deal more confidently with conflict and stress, or developing more confidence, concentration and discipline. People practice for any and/or all of these reasons, and more besides.

As a means of self development, aikido is likened to the forging of Japanese swords. Impurities are removed from iron ore and carbon is introduced to create a strong, flexible, beautiful and incredibly effective steel blade. Likewise, aikido students forge their bodies, minds and spirits, giving up ineffective behaviors and taking on positive ones, becoming more resilient, adaptive, graceful in life. And... aikido is a lot of fun!