What is Applied Aikido ?
Aikido is well known as a martial art. But it is also a philosophy of life that can be applied in many different domains.
Morihei Ueshiba, the creator of aikido — also called O-Sensei — intended through the practice on the mat to bring about a revolution in our manner of living in the world and relating to others.
His statement, “aiki to wa ai nari,” can be translated as “Aiki is Love” or “Aiki is Harmony”.
Applied Aikido is dedicated to a more harmonious world and broaden our thinking far beyond the practice mats to influencing all domains in which humans operate.
How does a CEO create aiki? An educator? A therapist? An elite athlete? A construction worker? A chef? These questions have occupied many aikidoists in equal measure to physical practice on the mats.
Applied Aikido is about developping applications of aikido to daily living in the world.
Domains of Application
- Peaceful Power
- Communication / NVC. NLP.
- Intra- & Interpersonal Intelligence / Relationship
- Balance. Mutuality. Blending. Harmony in Action
- Aiki Ethics
- Mind-Body-Spirit Dynamics
- Stress Management
- Conflict Management
- Embodied Presence
- Organizational Development
- The Business Dojo
- Verbal Aikido
- Elementary School
- Middle School Level
- High School Level
- Higher Education / University Level
- Continuing Education
- Navigating Adolescence
- Aikido & Dating
- Sexual Harassment
- Stress Management
- Trauma Healing / Sexual Abuse. Physical Abuse. Combat PTSD / Veterans
- Cancer Recovery
- Building Healthy Relationships
- Somatic / Holistic Healing
- Body-Mind Fitness
- The Centered Zone
- Winner’s Mind / Mental Game
- Self-Mastery / Transformative Self-Awareness
- Balanced Lifestyle
- Aiki Coaching
- Aikido & Reconciliation
- Training Across Borders
- Political Aikido
- Aiki Dialogue / Verbal Aikido. NVC. NLP
A great variety of approaches
Applied Aikido is not a monolithic entity. It is made up of a number of different approaches. Each of them applying Aikido principles or implementing elements of its bodily practice.
Each approach is the result of an original assembly between some elements of aikido and other domains that are part of the background of the Applied aikido creator. This background could be, for example, NVC (non violent communication), NLP (Neuo Linguistic Programming),, Mindfulness, coaching practices, trauma therapy or stress management practices, leadership models, etc.
The finality of the approach is also important to determine the form and the content of each of these approaches.
In fact, the diversity of these approaches composing Applied Aikido is a richness and a concrete implementation of Aiki values: blending the diversity.
You’ll find on this website a description of some of these approaches. Our objective is to gather all known Applied Aikido approaches so that you will be able to choose the one you need.