AI (unify) , KI (energy) , DO (way)
The Way of unifying Energy
What is Aikido?
Aikido is one of the Martial Arts that were created in Japan.
After the Second World War, Aikido spread rapidly and today has become very popular in many countries. The “boom” of Aikido can be seen worldwide. It is recognized by different generations, independently of nationality, culture or language.
The principle of Aikido is not to resist the laws of Nature, but to be in harmony with them without the use of physical force.
Aikido techniques are applied by using one’s energy along with that of one’s opponent. This means that no matter whether you are strong or weak, big or small, male or female, young or old. Anyone can practice Aikido.
The practice of this Martial Art is performed in pairs, the one doing the technique (Shite), and the other one receiving (Uke).
There is no competition in Aikido training, thus leaving the feeling of winning and losing.
Aikido is also known as the Martial Art of Harmony.
Origin of Aikido
Aikido comes from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu.
It is said that Daito-Ryu was founded 800 years ago by Shinra Saburo Minamoto no Yoshimitsu. The Takeda family of Kai Genji (one of the local rulers Samurais), retained Daito Ryu Martial Arts as a secret within the family. Nobody knew not even the name of this Martial Art until Sokaku Takeda Sensei began teching it out of the family in the 19th century.
As a trainee of Sokaku Takeda, Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido from the study of Daito Ryu and his own ideas. He began to teach it after World War II, as a Martial Art suitable for modern times in terms of Spirit and Technique.
Now, its headquarters (Hombu Dojo), are in Kami-Ochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Yoshinkan Aikido Federation and the International Federation of Aikido Yoshinkan were founded in 1990 and are currently led by the son of Gozo Shioda, Yasuhisa Shioda. Both organizations contribute to spread Aikido Yoshinkan not only in Japan but worldwide.
Gozo Shioda Sensei was born in September 9th, 1915. His father, Dr. Seiichi Shioda, was known as a great doctor and a patriot. Gozo was his second child.
At the age of 18, he began to study with Morihei Ueshiba (O’sensei), founder of Aikido. He spend 8 years studying with Ueshiba Sensei, training hard to become master of Aikido.
After the Second World War, in 1954, the Live Extension Society organized an exhibition of all Martial Arts in Japan. Gozo Shioda’s demonstration in the event was highly praised and received the highest award. This event was important because Aikido was known by the Japanese Society.
A year after the demonstration, some Japanese busines leaders supported and helped Shioda Gozo to establish the Aikido Yoshin-Kay and the Yoshinkan Dojo.
Since then, he worked in the promotion and development of Aikido.
In June 17th, 1994, after medical treatment, he died peacefully.
Gozo Shioda conveyed Aikido to many instructors, who are now teaching and developing Aikido Yoshinkan worldwide.
Iban Galindo, from Figueres’ Aikido, Alt Empordà, is one of these instructors who still teach the Aikido developed by Gozo Shioda.