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Hello, and welcome to Aikido.
Aikido, the word, stems from several Japanese words: Ai, meaning Harmony; Ki, which though elusive in its physical manifestation, can best be described as Nature¡¯ Energy; and Do, meaning Way. Thus, Aikido the martial art, is literally the ¡°Way of Harmony of Nature¡¯s Energy.¡± A lofty definition, to be sure, but it is one with a principle behind it. Where other martial arts might cause one to defend oneself by inflicting damage or by destruction of an attacker, Aikido seeks to harmonize with an attacker¡¯s Ki, or energy, and turn it away or neutralize it, thus allowing for the defense of onself and of the attacker while rendering him unable to continue his attack. The essence of Aikido is understanding Nature¡¯s laws, adapting to them, being thankful for their wondrous power and applying them to real life. Just as a tree has its roots, the student who wishes to learn Aikido should seek to understand the principle and the essence, and from that seek to improve his ability.
Aikido is a modern martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Originating from several traditional Japanese martial arts, the principle study of Aikido, which is based on harmonizng energies and seeks to protect the attacker as well as the defender, grew to world recognition as a martial art after World War II. Aikido¡¯s foundation is Aikikai as practiced in the World Aikido Headquarters at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. The subordinate International Aikido Federation (IAF) is a member of General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). There are over 1.8 million students of Aikido (Aikidoka) worldwide, and in the Republic of Korea there is the Korea Aikido Federation (KAF), founded in 1989, under the teaching of Sensei Usuo Kobayashi. Begun as a social organization, the spreading popularity of Korean Aikido led to the incorporation of KAF in 2001.
Aikido is a martial art of peace and as such is different from other martial arts. There is an unmoved center in the middle of the smooth movement. All the movements extend from that unmoved center and they are practiced with a very friendly attitude and spirit because that is the way of the harmony of nature. It is my hope that young people choose to learn Aikido, to become leaders who have the strong center inside, and who learn to show a friendly attitude and a kind spirit to a world in the midst of rapid change.

Yoon, Ik-Am
President
Korea Aikido Federation