About Aikido

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883~1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has not competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one’s character according to the rules of nature.

Features of Aikido

Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex and occupation.

Aikido Worldwide

Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years. In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century.

Aikido in Indonesia
(history about Aikido in Indonesia)

Aikido Wordwide History

  • 1883, Aikido Founder – Morihei Ueshiba is born on December 14th in the present-day city of Tanabe in Wakayama Prefecture
  • 1897, The Founder begins to study several traditional styles of Martial Arts
  • 1912, The Founder applies for invitation from the government to become a pioneer to Hokkaido. Leads a group of pioneers in migrating to Shirataki (now known as Engaru-cho) Monbetsu-gun Hokkaido
  • 1919, On his return home while in Ayabe-Kyoto – the Founder makes the acquaintance of Mr. Onisaburo Deguchi of the Omoto religious sect and devotes himself to ascetic spiritual training
  • 1920, The Founder opens a training dojo called “Ueshiba-juku” at the foot of Hongu-cho Ayabe in Kyoto Prefecture
  • 1921, Kisshomura Ueshiba (the second Doshu) is born in Ayabe-Kyoto Prefecture on June 27th
  • 1922, The Founder adresses “Aiki” as the essence of the Martial Arts due to his development of the mind coupled with spiritual practices
  • 1927, The Founder comes to Tokyo with his family and begins teaching Martial Arts in Shirogane-Sarumachi Shiba. His main activities move to Tokyo
  • 1931, The Kobukan Dojo is established in present-day Wakamatsu-cho Shinjuku
  • 1940, The Kobukai Foundation with Mr. Isamu Takeshita as its first president is officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • 1941, Plans to build an out door dojo in Iwama – Ibaraki Prefecture are created
  • 1942, The name “Aikido” is adopted. Kisshomaru Ueshiba is named the director of the headquarters
  • 1943, The Aiki Shrine is erected in Iwama – Ibaraki Prefecture.
  • 1945, The Ibaraki Dojo is constructed in Iwama – Ibaraki Prefecture as an adjunct facility of the Aiki Shrine
  • 1948, The Aikikai Foundation is officially recognized by the Ministry of Heath and Welfare (February 9th). Mr. Kenji Tomita becomes the Chairman of the Aikikai Foundation
  • 1949, Under the leadership of Kisshomaru Ueshiba (head of Hombu Dojo) a daily schedule of practice is begun
  • 1951, Moriteru Ueshiba (the current Doshu) is born in Tokyo on April 2nd
  • 1955, The first public Aikido demonstration is held on the roof of Takashiyama department store in Nihonbashi Tokyo
  • 1957, Kisshomaru Ueshiba releases his first book called “Aikido”
  • 1959, The first issue of the Aikido Newspaper (previously called Aiki) is published
  • 1960, The Founder receives the Medal with Purple Ribbon of Honor from the Japanese Government
  • 1961, The All-Japan Aikido University Federation is established (October)
  • 1964, The Founder receives the award of the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold Rays with Rossette
  • 1967, Kisshomaru Ueshiba becomes the Chairman of Aikikai Foundation
  • 1968, The newly built Aikido Hombu Dojo is completed (January). The Aikido Academy is approved by the Tokyo city government (July)
  • 1969, The Founder passes away on April 26th at the age of 86. With the passing of the Founder – Kissshomaru Ueshiba assumes the title of Doshu
  • 1976, The All-Japan Aikido Federation is established (May). The first IAF congress is held at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo. It is attended by 400 delegates from 28 countries (October)
  • 1977, The 15th Annual All-Japan Aikido Demonstration is held at the Nippon Budokan with over 1000 participants (May 21). The Demonstration has been held at the Nippon Budokan every year since
  • 1986, Moriteru Ueshiba is named the head of Hombu Dojo. The IAF becomes an official member of the General Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) on October. Kisshomaru Doshu receives the Medal of the Blue Ribbon of Honor from the Japanese Government (November)
  • 1995, In recognition of his lifelong social contributions of spreading Aikido both domestically and internationally – Kisshomau Doshu receives the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure Award from the Japanese Government (April)
  • 1996, Kisshomaru Doshu becomes the President of the Aikikai Foundation and Moriteru Ueshiba becames its Chairman (July 21st)
  • 1999, Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba passes away on January 4th at the age of 77. With the passing of Kisshomaru Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba assumes the title of Doshu (January 18th)
  • 2002, The All-Japan High School Aikido Federation is established (May 25th) and the All-Japan High School Aikido Demonstration is held at the Tokyo Budokan (August)
  • 2012, The Aikikai Foundation registers as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation (April)
  • 2013, Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu receives the Medal with Blue Ribbon of Honor from the Emperor of Japan (November)