The guiding principle of aikido is harmony. Aikido is a modern martial art or Budo, founded in the last century by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei). It is non-violent and strives to achieve harmony with nature, others and one’s self. The word “Aikido” consists of three (3) Japanese words that can be translated as “path to spiritual harmony”.

  • Ai – Harmony or Unity
  • Ki – Spirit Energy or Life Energy/Force
  • Do – Path or Way

Rather than fighting, aikido challenges us to meet the energy of an attack with relaxation and a sense of centre using fluid, spiral movements, we turn around or re-direct an attacker’s energy so that it defeats itself. We use the momentum of the attack to “off-balance” the attacker and immobilise or throw the aggressor, thereby subduing them without inflicting serious injury.


People who begin training in the martial art of aikido experience many benefits:

  • Self-defence
  • Exercise
  • Spirituality
  • Philosophy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healing
  • Meditation

Aikido is a discipline for martial, physical and spiritual growth. At Kaigan Aikido Dojo, we train as a community of people who practice peace.

"Foster peace in your own life and then apply the art to all that you encounter" – Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei

We are committed to training in an atmosphere of equality regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.