Aikido History

Aikido is the martial art developed by O’Sensei Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969) during the middle part of the last century. The technical basis of Aikido is largely derived from O’Sensei Ueshiba’s mastery of the Daito Ryu, a Aiki-jujitsu school, with the weapons system largely developed from O’Sensei’s observation of many different koryu (old schools of Japanese martial disciplines). Aikido includes the study of tai-jutsu (body art) and the study of aikido weapons the ken (sword) and jo (staff). Students are taught the body art and weapons systems in such a way that each field of study informs the other and leads to improved technique in all areas. The tai-jutsu of Aikido is composed of throwing techniques, and joint locking techniques and places a strong emphasis on correct body placement for the delivering of atemi strikes to vital areas of the opponents body. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.


In 1942 O’Sensei retired to the village of Iwama in Ibaragi Pefecture. Here he built a dojo and the Aiki Shrine, and continued to develop his martial art Aikido. He continued his martial and spiritual training in Iwama for the next 27 years.


Iwama Aiki Shurenkai London

Tokei Martial Arts Centre

28 Magdalen Street

London Bridge


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