Welcome to Mr. Garcia's HOM Aikido Club
Aikido (Japanese: "way of spiritual harmony"), (originally derived from the Japanese soft style techniques termed jujutsu/jujitsu) self-defense system that utilizes twisting and throwing techniques and in its aim of turning an attacker's strength and momentum against him. Pressure on vital nerve centers are also used.
Aikido was developed to subdue, rather than maim or kill as in Karate. Aikido especially emphasizes the importance of achieving complete mental calm and control of one's own body to master an opponent's attack.
As in other Japanese martial arts, the development of courtesy and respect is an integral part of Aikido training. The basic skills of aikido originated in Japan in or about the 14th century. In the early 20th century they were systematized in their modern form through the work of the Japanese DaiToRyu Yawara ( AiKi JuJitsu) expert Morei Ueshiba (famously known as O Sensei or great teacher).
There are no offensive moves in aikido. As taught by Ueshiba (O Sensei), it was so purely defensive an art that no direct contest between practitioners was possible.