Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969) which emphasizes harmonization over contention when dealing with aggression and conflict. What does this mean?

Aikido is not intended to harm the enemy, but rather to immobilize him. While talking about aikido, Ueshiba is quoted as saying, "To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace." Most of the techniques used in aikido are either holds or throws, and all take advantage of the opponent's movements and turn it against him,while blending with your opponents movements. There are basically only twenty techniques used in aikido, but the combinations in which they can be used are almost endless.

Aikido is thus a martial art that goes beyond the standard martial 'win or lose' options when dealing with attack and offers another way of managing conflict. Aikidoka (Aikido practitioner) acts on the principles of Aikido outside the dojo and do not put themselves in the positions where conflict arises and try to solve conflict in the peaceful manner. If the the fight breaks out, Aikidoka should end it as fast as possible, preferably without harming their opponent. These concepts are hard to grasp and seem unreasonable for a lot of people. But Aikido could be best described as a way of "Choice", where we have the choice between completely destroying our opponent (by killing or injuring them heavily) or immobilizing them without any harm and leaving the conflict, the choice is always there.  It is not easy to explain the art of peace in words, the best way is to experience it. We encourage you to come along an experience this mysterious and beautiful martial art.  The video below shows a few techniques of Aikido and some of the underlying philosophy of the art:

The video below explains more about philosophy and practicality of  Aikido: