is a traditional Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) over the course of his life, 1883 – 1969.
The word AIKIDO can be translated as the way (DO) to harmonise (AI) with the life force or energy (KI) of the universe. When practising Aikido, we seek to accept and then control rather than destroy our opponents. Aikido is not a sport and hence there are no competitive tournaments. Through cooperative training, the Aikido practitioner betters themselves without diminishing others and without intention of harm or fear of injury. Aikido is also known as The Art of Peace.
the DOJO is home to Notting Hill Aikikai
There are many different styles of Aikido. At Notting Hill Aikikai, we teach traditional Aikido. Notting Hill Aikikai is a member of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), the largest organisation of affiliated Aikido schools in the United States, Canada and the rest of the world. The USAF is an official representative of the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Its mission is to promote and maintain the integrity of the martial art of Aikido as established by its Founder, and as disseminated by the Aikikai Foundation.