Aikido was founded in Japan by O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969). Before creating aikido, Master Ueshiba trained extensively in several varieties of jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting.
Aikido is not primarily a system of combat but rather a means of self-cultivation and improvement. Aikido has no tournaments, competitions, contests, or “sparring”. Instead, all aikido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace commensurate with the abilities of each trainee. According to the founder, the goal of Aikido is not the defeat of others, but the defeat of the negative characteristics which inhabit one’s own mind and inhibit its good functioning.
*Adopted from the Aikido Primer by Eric Sotnak.
At the same time, the potential of aikido as a means of self-defense should not be ignored. Aikido techniques are being taught to police forces in Japan, U.K., Hong Kong, and Singapore etc. Penang Aikido Dojo was founded by JM Pang. Our dojo provides Aikido lessons including weapons practice.