Home About NJ Aikikai Curriculum Aikido


Aikido was developed between the 1920s and 1930s from Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu and other arts.

Aikido can be translated as, "A Way of Life in Harmony with Nature."

The nature of the two domains of Aikido, to be in harmony with nature and self defense, may seem contradictory and diametrically opposed.

The philosophy is to be in harmony with the self, others, and nature.

The self defense fighting techniques applied in Aikido utilize the opponent's force and movements.

The attacks are neutralized and redirected back at the opponent. The fighting is not offensive but rather defensive in nature.

Although an opponent may be thrown gently away in another direction, the techniques can also be lethal if necessary.

In addition to boken, jo, and hanbo weapons training, this martial art has hundreds of waza (techniques) and henka (variations).

Technique types include: pressure point activation, restraining holds, throws, joint locking, immobilization, choking, and muscle, tendon, and ligament tearing.