What is Aikido?

Sensei Berry Throwing Two Attackers

Sensei Berry Throwing Two Attackers

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that is very different from any other. Unlike other arts that focus on aggressive blows, Aikido is a purely defensive art. Practitioners of Aikido use attackers’ own energy against them. Aikido emphasizes using minimum effort for maximum effect. It is not a competitive sport.

The goal of Aikido is not to defeat others, but rather to be unified in mind and body. In fact, the word Aikido literally means a method (do) of coordinating (ai) one’s life force or spirit (ki).

Aikido is designed for people of all ages. There are practitioners as young as 7 and as old as 70. Whether you are young or old, male or female, you can benefit from what Aikido has to offer. Join us. Gain practical experience that translates into success in your everyday life.

The Wilmington Aikido dojo is a member of Aikido Kokikai International, founded by Shuji Maruyama Sensei. Learn more about Kokikai here. Read a short biography of Sensei Berry here.