Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art with roots extending deep into the philosophy and history of Japan. The fundamental principle of Aikido is to harmonize with the strengths about us in order to protect ourselves and to control these forces without coming into direct opposition.
If we attempt to place strength against strength, then brute strength is the sole deciding factor. However, if we use our strength wisely with proper timing, this leverage allows us to control much larger forces than are otherwise possible. These traits make Aikido particularly well suited for men and women of all ages.
In addition to all of the health benefits of regular exercise that Aikido provides, the art of Aikido develops our physical coordination, and sense of awareness and timing, while at the same time developing techniques that can be used for effective self defense. Aikido relies on controlling the attacker rather than striking, which is common in other martial arts. It is based on natural motions of the body and is an aid in developing both a calm mind and relaxed body.
Aikido's emphasis on harmonizing and natural motion make it applicable to all aspects of our daily lives. Because of this, the few hours one might train each week can have a dramatic effect on one's life as a whole.
Sensei Maruyama visited in August 2011 to teach a seminar in Frederick Maryland.