Aikido is a martial art founded in Japan in the early part of the last century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), who became known as O'Sensei. After studying many forms of traditional martial arts, O'Sensei discovered that their essence was not to compete with and destroy others but to unify body, mind and spirit to create a peaceful society. Aikido is a truly holistic practice, combining physical techniques with mental and spiritual discipline. Using powerful circular movements, Aikido techniques embody the principle of non-resistance wherein the defender moves in complete harmony with the attacker, bringing the conflict to a peaceful conclusion for both. Aikido techniques do not depend on mere physical strength, but rather on relaxation and serenity of mind. Therefore, Aikido training can be a lifelong study, benefiting young and old alike.