The Meaning of Aikido

What does Aikido Mean?

The Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as “the way of spiritual harmony.” Aikido is a budo or “martial way,” evolved in the tradition of Japanese warrior arts, yet has a unique approach to self defense. Aikido is more than a martial science of strategy and tactics, it is a discipline for training the mind and spirit.




Harmony, whole, to fit together, to combine, to unite





Spirit, inclination, will, life, breath






Road, path, way, principle, method


Information/text from our parent dojo, Capitial Aikikai

Additional information referenced from:;  Wikipedia