Aikido, or "The Way of Harmony", is a defensive martial art focusing
on graceful movements and working with one's opponent, blending with
the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack
rather than opposing it directly. The philosophy and principles of
modern Aikido are based upon more than 800 years of Japanese samurai
life. The samurai tradition was one of discipline, loyalty, demanding
physical training, etiquette, strong spirit and philosophical insight
into the conduct of life and human relationships.