Founder of Aikido

“The purpose of this art is not to be lulled, not to be struck. not to be kicked and we Will not strike. Will not kick,

and WIN not kill ll IS completely for self-defense We can handle opponents expediently utilizing their own power through their own aggression So even women and children can use It. However. it IS taught only to respectable people. It’s misuse would be frightening.

— Sokaku Takeda.

Whats in a Name? Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Aikido Valencia Lameco Escrima


Aikido is a relatively new Japanese Martial Art developed in the early part of the 20th century by “O-Sensei”

Morihei Ueshiba (1883 1969). However, its beginnings are rooted in the unarmed combat systems used by the

ancient Samurai and date back to the 12th century. Ueshiba devoted himself to hard physical conditioning and

eventually to the practice of martial arts from early years of his life, receiving certificates of mastery in several styles

otjujitsu, fencing, and spear fighting. In spite of his impressive physical and martial capabilities he wasn’t satisfied,

Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku Takeda, Grandmaster of Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu, during his time in Hokkaido sometime

between 1905 and 1912. He was so impressed, that he became one of Takeda’s students and subsequently

became one of his most famous and talented disciples.

Two people had the biggest influence on Morihei Ueshiba: his teacher in Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Grandmaster

Sokaku Takeda and spiritual leader of Omoto Religion Sect, Onisaburo Deguchi.

In 1925, Ueshiba organized his own style ofAikijujutsu, one that was more in line with his own needs tor spiritual

and physical development. During the next decade, Ueshiba’s students (Shioda, Tomiki, Mochizuki, and others)

were active in building a foundation tor present-day Aikido. Ueshiba decided on the name “Aikido” in 1942 (before

that he called his martial art “aikibudo” and “aikinomichi”). Alter the war, Aikido grew rapidly at the Kobukan (now

called Hombu Dojo) under the direction of Kisshomaru Ueshiba (son of O’Sensei) Morihei Ueshiba had become

tamous as “O’Sensei” or “The Grand Teacher,” the Master ofAikido.

Morihei Ueshiba

1883 – 1969

Many students who trained under 0‘ Sensei decided to spread their knowledge of Aikido by opening their own dojos. Due, among other

things, to the dynamic nature ofAikido, different students of 0′ Sensei interpreted his Aikido in different ways.

In physical terms Aikido uses throws, locks, chokes, immobilizations and atemi (strikes to the vital points of the body), although the true

secrets of Aikido are found in the subtle yet precise timing and blending that translates into very powerful martial techniques.

In great contrast to most of other martial arts, Aikido places little emphasis on punching and kicking. Instead, Aikido relies heavily on

precisely timed body movement, which allows one to evade the attacker, harmonize and blend with his/her energy, and gain control over

the situation.

There are many benefits that one can acquire trom Aikido. As a path of self-development, Aikido leads towards the integration of mind,

body, and spirit – towards making us complete human beings, which not only benefits us, but benefits the people around us. Physically and

psychologically, Aikido is at the same time very complex and yet very simple. The changes it can make in our lives begin at the surface

and go as deep as we let it.

The physical benefits of Aikido practice include increased balance, coordination, reaction, and sense oftiming; improved posture, flexibility

and aerobic conditioning; a greater awareness of our bodies and how we express ourselves through our bodies; and a more relaxed and

confident presence.

Mental benefits include this increased self-awareness and relaxation; better ability to resolve conflicts and deal with stressful situations in a

calmer and more positive manner; greater self-confidence and self-discipline; and the constant challenge of self-development and learning

new skills.

Spiritual benefits include being able to improve one’s own quality of living; to break or change old habits and conditioning; to see things

with greater clarity and perceptive; and to have a greater intuitive understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Tenshin refers to complex characteristics of style with a lot of twisting, dodging movements, changing direction, and complex timings.

Tenshin elements are not specific to any single style, but are shared by many.

The Aikikai is the common name for the style headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, as taught under the auspices ofthe International Aikido

Federation. It is even more of an umbrella than a specific style, since it seems that many individuals within the organization teach

in quite a different manner.

Aikido taught at Three Streams Aikibudo emphasizes sell-defense applications. Not to get struck, not to get grabbed, and not to be taken

down — these are the main emphasis of training. Classes are taught in a non-competitive and cooperative manner. All this is what makes

Aikido unlike the kicking, punching, and blocking of Karate or wrestling aspects of Judo. Arm and leg immobilizations, pressure points,

and deflections are emphasized in our training, making Aikido available to anyone interested in training in the Martial Arts and personal



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