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Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, thought of his art not only as physical education or combat training, but as a way of life that would spread peace throughout the world. Today, Ueshiba's aikido has been embraced by generations of practitioners, and has also introduced millions of newcomers to the martial arts. And, as we all know, the practice of the martial arts develops the mind and character as well as the body. A populace of sound mind and character is certainly conducive to world peace. That Ueshiba was on to something, wasn't he?


Budo is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. Neither is it intended to lead the world to destruction by arms and other illegitimate means. True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the Universe in order, protecting the peace of the world and molding, as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form. Training in Budo is tantamount to strengthening, within my body and soul, the love of Kami, the deity who begets, preserves and nurtures everything in nature.
Morihei Ueshiba

Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.
Morihei Ueshiba

"As soon as you concern yourself with the "good" and "bad" of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you."
Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so students must carefully follow the instructor's teaching and not compete to see who is the strongest.
Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is the way that teaches how one can deal with several enemies. Students must train themselves to be alert not just to the front but to all sides and the back.
Morihei Ueshiba


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