"The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit."
- Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido
With focused effort and correct practice, Aikido is a method of integrating physical, mental and internal (ki) energy to improve one’s entire being.
The ultimate expression of Aikido practice is the realization of oneness with the universe in accordance with the principle of “masakatsu agatsu” (正勝 吾勝) —real victory being self-victory—and the ability to move beyond a dualistic worldview.
Such lofty goals can only be achieved through stubborn perseverance and dedication to improving both spirit and body, however; and this is the heart of Aikido training.