Aikido – the way to the harmony of energy – is a modern Japanese and strictly defensive martial art, which was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). As a synthesis of various martial arts,
Ueshiba combined body techniques (Tai jutsu) with weapon techniques (Aiki Ken/Aiki Jo) to create a physically and ethically demanding form of self-defense. The practitioner (Aikidoka) tries to
neutralize the attack energy of their opponent by weapon, throwing or holding techniques. The principles of Aikido do not lie in injuring the opponent, but in how the Aikidoka move their own mind
to control the attacker.
One of the closest companions and at the same time long-time student of the founder was Morihiro Saito (1928-2002). He trained under Ueshiba since 1946, preserved and systematized his rich
heritage with its numerous types of techniques at the place of origin of Aikido – in the Ibaraki Dojo in Iwama (Japan). Saito Sensei's Iwama-style Aikido became globally known as
Takemusu Aikido in the 1990s. After Saito's death, Paolo Corallini and Ulf Evenas founded the Takemusu Aikido association to perpetuate the teachings of Saito and Ueshiba. The
Aikido Club Klagenfurt follows this tradition.
"Aikido [...] is the path that unites body and spirit."
"I am not the one to change what O-Sensei taught me."