History of Aikido
You may be a practitioner of Aikido or you may just be interested in getting involved, but either way, you should take the time to learn more about the history of Aikido so that you can cultivate a deep understanding and appreciation of the art.
A Brief Look into the History of Aikido
Aikido began, perhaps, in 1942 when its founder decided on a name for the practice he had developed “by combining his martial training with his religious and political ideologies.” Aikido, or the martial art form crafted by Morihei Ueshiba, was born when he was a boy and desired a physical practice with which he could become stronger. This evolved over time as he mastered other martial arts and found them lacking. It wasn’t until he explored religion that he found a way to combine the two and reached the system he desired.
Ueshiba based a lot of the physical movements of this art in jujitsu (particularly the “the joint locks and throws”) and in another of his training, spear and sword fighting (from which the general body movement were drawn). Essentially, the founder took bits and pieces of other martial arts that worked and combined them into a completely unique method that fit his vision. This innovation has served as the basis for multitudes of practitioners since and has changed lives with its philosophy and function.
Of course, the history of Aikido is not one based in martial arts alone. Part of Ueshiba’s journey of discovery was centered around religion and incorporating the less-physical side of things into his creation. In keeping with “neo-shintoism,” which aims to unite the world beneath the peaceful banner of a single religion, Aikido aims to unify, to bring people together, to eliminate differences and thus reduce discrimination and hate by garnering peace in the hearts of its users. This is perhaps an ambitious goal, but it’s a crucial one in integrating Aikido into one’s life.
Despite all this, “there is no unified philosophy of Aikido.” Actually, it’s more of a conglomeration, a coming together of many different religions, philosophies, and ways of life. This is actually more productive toward the neo-shinotism, or Omotokyo, goal; having everyone come together under the umbrella of Aikido while also reshaping their own beliefs to fit into the way of life is very similar to that initial goal.
There are two major points to keep in mind to wrap up any examination of the current state or history of Aikido. These “fundamental threads” include “a commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict whenever possible [and] a commitment to self-improvement through Aikido training.” Peace and dedication are integral pieces of Aikido that must be taken to heart throughout training in order to fully embrace the practice and to make it a serious part of one’s life.
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