Morihei Ueshiba (Founder: a.k.a. ‘O-Sensei’ or ‘Great Teacher’) Mystic martial artist Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) created ‘aikido’ (lit. ‘the way of harmony with ki’) as a martial way of peace (Budo). Included within the term Budo (‘Bu’ or ‘martial’, and ‘do’ or ‘way’), aikido was to become, in the public eye, one of a series of modern martial ways, alongside Judo and Karate-do, that moved away from the combat oriented kill-or-be-killed ethic of the traditional martial arts (Bu-jitsu). While Judo and Karate turned into competitive sports, aikido has retained the cooperative family atmosphere of the older martial dojos.
Aikido is perhaps the most developed of the martial ways of peace as it eschews aggression entirely. Although it borrows the forms of earlier arts, it espouses the reconciliatory ethic of the peace-maker: conflict resolution through the spirit of love.
Some of Ueshiba’s sayings:
Aikido is medicine for a sick world. We want to cure the world of the sickness of violence, malcontent, and discord – this is the Path of aiki. There is evil and discord in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger.
In true Budo, there are no opponents. In true budo, we seek to be one with all things, to return to the heart of creation. In real budo, there are no enemies. Real budo is a function of love. The war of a warrior is not to destroy and kill but to foster life, to continually create.
Aikido Circle Budapest
At the Aikido Budapest Circle, we pursue a holistic MIND-BODY-SPIRIT approach to aikido. We’ve incorporated the latest sciences of mindfulness alongside simple somatic exercises to enable everyone to learn mastery-level aikido right away.
Our guiding theme is that through cultivating a gentle self-awareness of our inhibitions to free-flowing movement, easier and more natural body movements will suggest themselves automatically. To achieve inner peace and self-compassion, this same gentle awareness is extended towards our distracted minds.