Aikido Kanji

The word AIKIDO is formed by three Japanese ideograms, or kanji:

AI - Love, Harmony KI - Universal Energy DO - The Way
Means “harmony”, “union” or “to become one with”. AI also includes the idea of the power of natural forces. Is the spirit, the vital inner force that exists inside us and in everything around us; KI is the essence of the universal creative energy that we must learn to cultivate and define. Do not confuse KI with physical strength, the mind or with intuition, because KI is the result of the union of body, mind and spirit to form a unique and complete being. Means “the way”, or “the path”. “Way” is intended to mean the path that leads to becoming one thing with the will of the universe. If you deviate even slightly, it is no longer “the way”.

AIKIDO, therefore, literally means “the way, the path to achieve harmony with the universal energy, with the vital spirit of nature”.

About Takemusu Aikido South Africa

The Takemusu Aikido Association South Africa (TAASA), formally Iwama Ryu™ South Africa, is a free group of black-belted practitioners of Aikido based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our aim is to promote and spread the traditional teaching method of Morihiro Saito Sensei, direct student of the Founder of Aikido, to all communities in South Africa.