Aikido is the martial art of peace, but don't let that fool you. Morihei Ueshiba, in an effort to combine his peaceful heart with his warrior spirit, created a purely self-defense art that can be as deadly as it is graceful. With a foundation built upon the warrior arts of the Samurai and an understanding of the love that we should have for all of humanity, Aikido gives the student the ability to use only the amount of force necessary to secure one's life and those around them. During this training the student builds balance and flexibility, power and grace, while honing the self-defense skills necessary to survive this world. Since the techniques do not require strength but instead use the attackers strength and momentum against themselves, this is the perfect martial art for everyone.