Aikido of Marshall
What do you need to start training in Aikido? Only an interest and a desire to learn! The willingness to maintain a beginner's mind is the secret of lifelong practice and progress. We suggest that prospective members watch at least one class before joining. Visitors are always welcome to watch classes.
Ueshiba Morihei (12/14/1883 - 04/26/1969) was a famous martial artist and founder of aikido. He is often referred to as "O-Sensei" or "Great Teacher".
In the earlier years of his teaching from the 1920s to the mid 1930s, O-Sensei taught the aiki-jujitsu system he had earned a license in from Takeda Sokaku.
His early students' documents bear the term aiki-jujitsu.
Later, as Ueshiba seemed to slowly grow away from Takeda, he began to implement more changes into the art. These changes are reflected in the differing names with which he referred to his art, first as aiki-jujutsu, then Ueshiba-ryu, Asahi-ryu, aiki budo, and finally aikido.
As Ueshiba grew older, more skilled, and more spiritual in his outlook, his art also changed and became softer and more circular. Striking techniques became less important and the formal curriculum became simpler. In his own expression of the art there was a greater emphasis on what is referred to as kokyu-nage, or "breath throws" which are soft and blending, utilizing the opponent's movement in order to throw them. Many of these techniques are rooted in the aiki-no-jutsu portions of the Daito-ryu curriculum rather than the more direct jujutsu style joint-locking techniques. To read more about O-Sensei, please click here.