The History and Origins of Aikido

newsletter July, 2023
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The History and Origins of Aikido

Dear members of the New School Aikido community,

This month, we’re exploring the fascinating history and origins of Aikido. Aikido is a martial art that was developed in Japan in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba. Ueshiba was born in 1883 and began studying martial arts at a young age. He eventually merged his knowledge of various martial arts with his spiritual beliefs to create Aikido.

The name Aikido means “the way of harmony with the spirit,” and it emphasizes the principles of non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution. Ueshiba believed that Aikido should be a way of life, not just a physical practice. He encouraged his students to develop their physical, mental, and spiritual selves through the practice of Aikido.

Ueshiba’s teachings were based on the idea that the universe is made up of ki, or life energy, and that Aikido techniques should harmonize with this energy. Aikido techniques are designed to redirect an attacker’s energy and use it against them, rather than meeting force with force.

Ueshiba’s legacy lives on through the practice of Aikido around the world. Aikido dojos, like New School Aikido, continue to teach his principles of non-violence and harmonious conflict resolution. Through the practice of Aikido, students can develop physical fitness, mental clarity, and a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

As we delve deeper into the history and teachings of Aikido, we encourage you to think about the people in your life who could benefit from the practice of Aikido. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who could benefit from the physical and mental benefits of Aikido, or who could benefit from learning peaceful conflict resolution techniques. Invite them to join you at New School Aikido and experience the transformative power of Aikido for themselves.

As a special promotion, we’re offering the first week of classes for free to new students. Additionally, if you sign up for one month of classes, you’ll receive the second month for free. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your Aikido practice and share it with others.

In harmony,

The New School Aikido Team

New School Aikido
8807 Thornton Rd. Suite R3
Stockton, CA 95209
(209) 462-8600