Development of Aikido
Aikido is a martial art developed in Japan during the middle of the 20th century by Morihei Ueishiba. Although there has been some fragmentation, the development of the art led first by Morihei Ueishba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba and then his grandson Moriteru Ueshiba has remained by far the dominant style world wide. This central trunk of Aikido, called Aikikai, is organized out of the home dojo, hombu dojo, in Tokyo.
Roots of Aikido
Aikido has it’s roots in deeply traditional Japanese martial arts — predominantly Daito Ryu Jiu Jitsu — that have their own roots in the Samurai fighting arts of medieval Japan. However, it is deeply influenced also by the strong anti-militarist perspective that Morihei Ueshiba developed witnessing the devestation of Wold War II and his increasingly spiritual approach, fostered by his connection with the Shinto sect called Omoto Kyu.
Aikido: the peaceful martial art
The martial art that Morihei Ueshiba developed focuses not on defeating the opponent so much as defusing the conflict. The emphasis of the movement and the techniques is on blending with the partner and gaining control of the balance and initiative. Ideally, an Aikido technique allows the practitioner to protect themselves and keep themselves safe and, at the same time, to protect their partner.
This attitude of compassion and protection has made Aikido a martial art that serves police departments, mental health workers, and educators working with troubled youth. These are all people who must keep themselves safe without hurting others. Aikido has also served as a tool in mediation and peace initiatives around the world.
Isshin Aikido: Bringing cultures together
We are proud that our dojo is housed in Beer Sheva’s bi-lingual school serving Arabs and Jews alike and bringing us together in studying how, concretely, we can turn conflict into compassion. It is for this reason that we call our dojo Isshin Aikido — One Heart Aikido.