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What is Aikido

Aikido is a young martial art, developed in our time.
The founder Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) said "Aiki is not a technique to conquer the enemy. It is the way to heal the world, and to make a family of the mankind. The secret of Aikido is to synchronize yourself through movement, with the universe and to harmonize yourself with it. Those, whom have grasped this secret, carry the universe within themselves and can say, "I am the universe."

Is Aikido contradictory?
Many people, who observe Aikido for the first time, are impressed with the obvious contradictions. The teacher, who has just spoken of harmony, suddenly throws his student on the mat. The students bow and thank their teacher for this experience. Another teacher speaks of love, then turns right and demonstrates a sword movement.
A third teacher says, "Aikido is the way of the warrior” yet points out how important it is to be relaxed. Many see these explanations as opposing, and it's difficult for them to reconcile the contradictions.

 Those of us, who practice Aikido, are happy with this equivocation. We know that opposites equal a whole. We know that through overcoming this contradiction, comes harmony just as the blending of the fire from the sun with the water of the rain, gives the rainbow which is considered the universal symbol for harmony of colour. When one plants a seed, one has to press it firmly in the soil in order to give it the strength to flourish. If children run out into the street, they would be punished in order to protect them from being run over by a car. Aiki-people know that contradiction is deeply rooted in the spirit of the practitioner.
It all depends where you are standing. Every one of us experiences things and situations in our own light of experience. Those whose house has burned down see in one match a tool of terror. For those, however, who are freezing on a mountaintop, a match is a gift from heaven, used to survive. O Sensei believes that the art of peace does not rely on weapons or brutal force to succeed; instead we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction.

The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love. Your mind should be in harmony with the functioning flow of the universe; your body should be in tune with the movement of the universe; body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe. The way of the warrior cannot be encompassed by words or in letters. Grasp the essence and move on toward realization!
In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Seeing me in front of him, the enemy attacks, but by that time I am already standing safely behind him.