Aikido is a modern Martial Art created by the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. After the Founder’s passing, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba was inaugurated as Aikido Doshu. At recent, Moriteru Ueshiba has succeeded his father as Aikido Doshu.
The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese words : “ai”, meaning harmony, “ki”, meaning spirit or energy and “do”, meaning the path, system or way. Aikido means the way of the spirit of harmony.
The Aikikai Foundation is an association that was established in order to support inheritance of Aikido created by the Founder, to train body and mind through Aikido and to promote Aikido. Today, Aikido has become established in 130 countries around the world.
Aikido Hombu Dojo was built in 1931. Under Doshu, a great number of Shihan and Shidoin unite in their efforts to commit to the development and enhancement of practice as the center of Aikido.