Aikido of Montpelier
Aikido (pronounced eye-key-dough) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba - affectionately called O-Sensei, or great teacher, by his students. A profound experience of insight in 1925 caused him to realize that martial arts (budo) are not about fighting, but about protecting yourself and others without doing harm. Following this realization he began changing all the harmful techniques he had previously learned as an accomplished martial artist into non-injurious, non-aggressive forms.
The name Aikido comes from three Japanese characters – Ai (harmony), Ki (energy) and Do (way or path). Taken together they mean The Way of Harmonious Energy. As the name implies, the goal of Aikido is to neutralize aggressive force by blending with it rather than by resisting or counterattacking. At the highest and deepest level Aikido goes beyond “self-defense” to cultivate compassion and physical, emotional, and spiritual equilibrium.