Aikido is a Japanese martial art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 ~ 1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese martial arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido is not a competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.

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