Aikido is a positive and non-aggressive way to center and stabilize our lives - a means by which we learn to see more clearly and think more calmly. Thus Aikido is a way to a state of mind united with nature.
A first and most important premise of Aikido is that the mind, body and spirit work best as a single integrated unit. Only by working in harmony with the power of a positive mind, the strength of a relaxed body through a tranquil spirit, may we best utilize the principles of Aikido.
The success of these principles depends upon the physical discipline of practice. Physical practice enhances self confidence, as well as sensitivity, relaxation, awareness, and concentration; thus making coordination of all these elements easier.
The movements of Aikido are not designed to vanquish enemies in a violent manner, but to neutralize aggression by redirecting it.
Based on the principle that any attack represents unbalance, Aikido provides a way to restore harmony without causing permanent injury to anyone. This is accomplished with circular motions to counter and deflect linear actions by would-be attackers.
In order to deflect attackers and lead them to the restoration of harmony, we must be in firm but relaxed control of our own body, mind and spirit. Aikido is a most effective way to achieve this goal, because conflict and frustration are dealt with in a peaceful manner.
You will find that the techniques and principles learned through Aikido practice make for a more positive and relaxed life in harmony with all other persons.