Iwama Ryu
  Morihiro Saito Sensei
  Hitohiro Saito Sensei
  Mehmet S. Dogu
  Aiki Shuren Dojo Istanbul
  The Article Of Doshu
   Moriteru Ueshiba
  A Memorial Address for
   Saito Sensei by
   T.K. Chiba, 8th dan Shihan
  Uchideshi System
  Iwama Ryu Buki
  Statement of
   Hitohiro Saito Sensei
  Is O-Sensei Really
   the Father of Modern Aikido?

Saito Sensei with his son...

Monday 19:30 - 21:00
Tuesday 19:30 - 21:00
Wednesday 19:30 - 21:00
Thursday 19:30 - 21:00
Friday 19:30 - 21:00
Saturday 11:00 - 12:30
Sunday -
Monday 07:00 - 08:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 08:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 08:00
Thursday 07:00 - 08:00
Friday 07:00 - 08:00
Saturday 15.00-16.30pm

Aiki Shuren Dojo Istanbul
Çelebi Mehmet Cad. Atasoy Apt. No:20 Emniyetevleri
4. Levent / Istanbul
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Office: +90 212 234 51 83

What is Aikido?

The martial art of aikido has in recent years achieved wide recognition both in Japan, its birthplace, and abroad. This is a natural result of a steady growth of the art over the past forty years and, more recently, its portrayal in Hollywood films, seen by literally hundreds of millions of people. Although correctly identified as a martial art, aikido is apt to be lumped together in the public's consciousness with other well-known fighting arts such as judo, karate, kung fu, and taekwondo.

How does aikido differ from these other martial systems? Apart from clear-cut differences in technique, aikido is unique in that it is solely an art of self-defense. Aikido entirely lacks attacking movements, a phenomenon which reflects its philosophical and ethical principles. Other martial art systems possess both offensive and defensive techniques, and many of them have come to stress the sporting aspect. This is the case, for example, with judo, an Olympic sport since 1964, karate, and taekwondo, as well as various other arts. For many practitioners of these martial forms, participation and victory in competitions are more important than learning techniques for self-defense.

O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba

The emphasis in aikido is on the spiritual growth of the individual through the acquisition of defensive skills. The ethical dimension of aikido permeates every aspect of its practice both on and off the training mat. In the philosophy of aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba, aikido is a means for uniting people into a "one world family." It is not means for hurting others, but is rather a way of "loving self-protection."

Since its goal is distinct from other combative arts, it would be incorrect to assume that aikido practice is not vigorous or that its techniques are ineffective. Practiced in the traditional manner as taught by its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, aikido retains a strong martial edge. Techniques are executed firmly, but without violent intent. Powerful joint-locks and pinning movements control and immobilize adversary without causing crippling injury. Aikido techniques are indeed capable of causing serious bodily damage or even death. However, the principles of aikido proscribe such destructive behaviour.

Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shuren Kai
Iwama Ryu Takemusu Aikido Organization

Ai Hanmi
Same or matched stance

Aiki Jo
The Staff of Aikido

Aiki Ken
The Sword of Aikido

Aikikai Hombu Dojo
World Headquarters of largest aikido organization

Strike to a vital point

Wooden Sword

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
Jujutsu school and the technical precursor of aikido

Deguchi, Onisaburo (1871-1948)
Spiritual leader of the Omoto religious sect who had a strong influence on the thinking of Morihei Ueshiba

Gyaku Hanmi
Reverse or opposite stance

Change, variation

Variation (technique)

First teaching


Shoulder grab

One-hand grab


Spirit or energy

Kobukan Dojo
Name of the prewar school of Morihei Ueshiba located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo

Breathing way or method; series of exercices to develop breathing, ki extension, and a stable posture

Cross-handed grab

Oral teaching