Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title ‘O-Sensei’ or ‘Great Teacher’). On a purely physical level, it is an art involving throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujutsu and Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses on using an opponent's own energy to control or throw them. Aikido places emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.
O-Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. His desire was to see world peace achieved through the practice of Aikido. “The Way of Harmony of the Spirit” is one way that “Aikido” may be translated into English.