"Every river has a name. However, these names disappear when they flow into the great ocean. Aikido has many styles, many names, but Aikido is Aikido. It is my vision and hope that, like the rivers, they flow together and unite as one." - Master Koretoshi Maruyama (Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai)
The founder of Aikido was Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). He created Aikido as a path to universal harmony and world peace, believing that Aikido was a way of attaining this goal and that violence and aggression could be turned aside by harmony of spirit. Although invincible as a warrior, he was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence. His way was Aikido, which is known as the "Art of Peace".
Unlike many martial arts Aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed. It is practised around the World by women and men of all ages and abilities, and is one of the few martial arts to emphasise protection against multiple attackers.