Aikidō Demonstration and Workshop
Aikido (合気道, ) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba's early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu. Many of Ueshiba's senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending on when they studied with him. Today aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques learned from Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.
Activities in the Festival:
Aikido Demonstration and workshop for children.
Aikido Demonstration and workshop for adults.
Club Aikido Tanabe
The Club was established in 2001 as a non-profit sports club with the primary purpose of expanding the aikido in Bizkaia, as an art that was still expanding. Today there are over 170 aikidoka in the club who train regularly. The name of the club was taken to honor the birthplace of the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba, in the former prefecture of Wakayama. The Club looks for a way to inform young people of Bizkaia the beauty of a unknown martial art or, at least, minority at the present and so instill values such as respect, justice and the elimination of the sense of confrontation.
More Information about Aikido:
- Aikido Tanabe Club Website
- International Aikido Federation
- Aikido Shodokan
- European Aikido Federation
- Source: Magyar Balázs