"Aikido is nothing but an expression of the spirit of love for all living things."
Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, is commonly referred to as O- Sensei, meaning great teacher.
Akira Tohei Sensei
August 20, 1929 - July 2, 1999
Alamo Area Aikikai's present-day aikido is founded in the tradition of the master teacher, the late Akira Tohei Shihan.
What is Aikido?
The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese words: ai, meaning harmony; ki, spirit or energy; and do, the path, the system, or the way. Aikido is the way of the spirit of harmony.
Aikido is not a sport, yet it is definitely a martial art. There are no competitive tournaments. The aikido deshi views practice as a partnership, with attacker and defender constantly switching roles and helping polish one another. Because of this, students are soon able to practice safely at full force and still maintain a positive relationship with their partners. Aikidoka are able to get a feel for real-time combat and awareness of surroundings while cultivating mental clarity and calm in the midst of neutralizing or redirecting attacks.