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.

 Ai

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

 

 Ki

Spirit, inclination, will, life, breath

 

Do

Road, path, way, principle, method

I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!

Information/text from our parent dojo, Capitial Aikikai

Additional information referenced from: Budo-Inochi.com;  Wikipedia