“What is the meaning of “Aikido” and why was it chosen?”
The name of “Aikido,” though perhaps not a household word, is widely known by the public, especially those who are interested in martial arts. The founder of Aikido was Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), often referred to reverently as “O-Sensei,” a man born in Meiji era Japan. The art itself has achieved a certain degree of popularity after World War II, and was spread to many different countries.
The name “Aikido” consists of three Japanese characters, “Ai,” meaning to join or match, “ki” referring to energy, and finally “do,” which means path or road.
Literally hundreds of books in many languages have been written about the art of Aikido, and many of them touch upon the subject of the meaning of the word “Aikido,” and what the founder had in mind when he chose it.
Please give your interpretation of the term “Aikido,” and why it was chosen by Morihei Ueshiba.
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