What Is Your Aikido?

While at an aikido seminar I attended recently, we were asked, “what is your aikido?”. I began martial arts training 35 years ago at the age of 15. Like many young women, I wanted to move through life safely without fear of harassment and violence. Once while on the...

The Goal of Aikido

Aikido is both martial and art. The martial techniques of Aikido are evolved from the battle hardened tradition of the samurai that dates back many centuries. But Aikido is also art, not just in the sense of creating something beautiful, but in the sense of developing...

The ‘Dō’ in Aikido

Students of Japanese arts like aikido can sometimes wonder what they’re getting out of the time and effort they put into their practice. This is true whether you happen to study chadō (tea ceremony), kyudō (archery), shodō (calligraphy), kadō (flower arranging...