“The Art of Peace is based on Four Great Virtues:
Bravery, Wisdom, Love, and Friendship,
Symbolized by Fire, Heaven, Earth, and Water.”
Aikido is a Japanese martial art.
It was first created at the end of the 19th century by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). The main system of Aikido was taken from Daito-ryu (Rigid and a very effective ancient fighting art of Japan) that has been put into the basis of Aikido techniques.
In due course the Founder began to put another theory into the concept and essence of fighting. He considered that the strengthening of a person by the achievement of finding internal harmony as the basic purpose of the embodiment required, to reach the ultimate perfection of ones spirit.
Ueshiba considered that a true martial art should not have anything where the use of rough physical strength being involved, thus bringing into the world; destruction.
Fighting and competitions are not present in Iwama Aikido; the true victory is when a Victory over oneself has been achieved.
The basic centre of development and distribution of Aikido was in a small village named, Iwama in the prefecture of Ibaraki, Japan. The founder trained his closest students in the same place over many years. This is where he developed and perfected the art; it was also the place he constructed the Aiki temple.
After the Founders death, Morihiro Saito Sensei who was one of his closest and devoted students remained in Iwama, as the keeper of the Aiki temple and continued the founders’ teachings of tradition Iwama Aikido.
Iwama Style was based by him as “the perfectly kept techniques of the Founders Aikido” which are based on the interrelationship between taijutsu, ken (sword) and Jo.
The only son and successor of Morihiro SAITO Sensei, Hitohira Saito Sensei grew up living and working in the dojo of the Founder. He began his daily study of Aikido under O’Sensei and continued this under the tutelage of his father. In 2004 Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai was formed in order to continue his father's self assigned task, and so preserve the founder's Aikido.