Aikido and its Founder
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969), the 'Founder' or O-Sensei, as a synthesis of unarmed techniques derived mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu and Japanese sword and staff / spear techniques.
A purely literal interpretation of aikido is the "Way of combining forces" or "Way of unifying energy", in which the term 'aiki' refers to the martial arts principle or tactic of blending with an attacker's movements for the purpose of controlling their actions with minimal effort and 'do' means way. One applies aiki by understanding the rhythm and intent of the attacker to find the optimal position and timing to apply a counter-technique.
Morihiro Saito Sensei
Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928 - 2002) was one of the longest serving students of O-Sensei (the founder of Aikido). Saito Sensei, trained under O-Sensei for 23 years until the death of O-Sensei in 1969. After the passing of O-Sensei, Saito Sensei dedicated his life to preserving and passing on the technique of the Founder.
Morihiro Saito Sensei, passed away on the 13th of May 2002 at the age of 74. He leaves us with a significant technical resource, the 'Saito method', i.e. the style of aikido commonly know as takemusu aikido (or 'traditional aikido'). Takemusu aikido is the style of aikido we teach at West Cumbria Aikido.