In a combative world, Aikido teaches defense, not aggression

By Puja Bhattacharjee

Aikido is a non-violent and non-aggressive Japanese martial art form developed by Morehei Ueshiba in the early twentieth century.

It is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, complemented with training in traditional Japanese weapons such as the sword, staff and knife. At places like the Japanese Culture Center in Chicago, Aikido is taught as a way  to resolve conflict in a non-lethal, yet effective manner.

Photo at top: Instructor Tatsuo Toyoda (L) works with a student at the Japanese Culture Center in Lakeview. (Puja Bhattacharjee/MEDILL)