A Japanese Budo
Aikido is unique among the martial arts, in being inherently peaceful as well as traditional in its approach and methods of training. Aikido has various technical aspects: hand-to-hand techniques and weapon techniques (sword and stick). Although it is a physical discipline, there is no kicking, punching, or any kind of ‘fighting’. There are also no competitions. As a traditional Budo (Japanese martial art), Aikido emphasizes self-development while maintaining its martial aspect.
Aikido is a Japanese traditional martial art, a Budo. Budos were used to educate physically and morally the dominant class of Japan’s society, the samurais.
Before World War II, Aikido was restricted to the elite such as: budo experts, nobles, military leaders and high personalities. After World War II, the art was opened to the world.
The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), was an expert in Daito Ryu and in Sojutsu. Over time he promoted a traditional and peaceful approach of Budo.
Toshiro Suga (born August 22, 1950) is an aikido instructor. He holds the rank of 7th dan Aikikai. Born in Tokyo, his aikido teachers include Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito.
He takes part in international seminars. He currently lives in Paris.
Masamichi Noro (1935 - 2013 ) is the founder of Kinomichi which was created in 1979. He was a live-in student (uchi deshi) of Master Morihei Ueshiba founder of Aïkido.