Aikido is a non-violent Japanese martial art, created by O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei (1883 - 1969). Practised without competition, its teaching is based on the principles of balance of energies and respect of the partner. It is accessible to men and women, without any age limit, and necessitates no specific preparation. Pupils study the basic principles of martial arts : movements, dodging, holds, distances. Then progressively empty-handed techniques (taijustu d'aiki) are studied, holding down techniques, throwing techniques and also weaponry (aikijo and aikiken).
Through the study of natural body movements, a supple approach to techniques and a quest for physical and mental adaptability, aikido develops physical well-being and encourages a better knowledge of oneself and of others. Improved self confidence, mental stability in the heart of the movement thus render useless dependence on strength.