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Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei

(1883 - 1969)

Founder of Aikido

Aikido (合気道) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba's early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu. Many of Ueshiba's senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending on when they studied with him. Today aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques learned from Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.

Northern Alberta Aikikai is a non-profit dojo that works toward making the martial art of aikido affordable to all but with an emphasis on quality training.  We are affiliated with Hombu Dojo in Japan through Michael Friedl Shihan of the California Aikido Association.

Through our classes, students will learn about aikido from a variety of instructors, each bringing their own style, but still following the guidelines and teachings of Osensei.

Northern Alberta Aikikai is an aikido club that began from a humble origin.  Formed in 2003 in what is affectionately called "The Wood Shed", Tom Davidson Sensei started with a small group of aikidoka who were looking for a place to train and to further their martial arts experience.  The club has since grown out of that first home and now has an increasing membership with dedicated students and instructors.  We provide a fun, dynamic, safe and respectable training environment.


“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”


-Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei

“Failure is the key to success;

each mistake teaches us something.”


-Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei

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