Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.
The Aikikai is led by the doshu, the living relative of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, who is the Doshu writes:
The Founder said it was more important to harmonize with people than to win by depending on power. Switching from ‘skills of fighting’ to ‘harmony’ is the purpose of training. Love is all “Ki (life energy)” based on “En No Ugoki (circle movement)”, “Irimi (entering)”, “DoChuSei (quietness in turmoil)” and “Chushin (immovable center)” to train our skills with each other. There is no conflict in this training. Aikido is “a way to absolute self-accomplishment.” … I will continue to strive and to cherish the spirit of harmony, eliminating the walls of country, race and religion, to make an effort to have this great Aikido appreciated by a great number of people. Also, I hope I will contribute to the society as much as possible through Aikido.
The Aikikai… to Capital Aikikai… to Arundel Aikikai… to YOU!
Arundel Aikikai is a member of the Capital Aikikai Federation, based out of Silver Spring MD. Capital Aikikai is an officially recognized affiliate of the Aikikai. Rank earned through Capital Aikikai is internationally recognized. Training visits to Capital Aikikai are highly encouraged, as the instruction and partners there are a wonderful resource able to provide a training experience far beyond our (very) humble abilities.
While the Aikikai is the official organization of Aikido, you may be familiar or have trained with other aikido styles or organizations. Regardless of style, we hope you can find a welcoming mat with us!