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.
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
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
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
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