The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Aikido is often referred to as a sport when brought up in conversations with non-practitioners. When this happens we sometimes object to the use of the term “sport” and point out that aikido is actually a “martial art.” But if we look a little closer, we find that people often use the term “sport” in the loose sense of the word, and that what they really mean is something like a leisure activity or pastime, rather than a competitive activity. If we stop and reflect for a moment, many of those engaged in the practice of aikido today do in fact treat it as a pastime, hobby or form of exercise.
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