Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.
Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.
Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on.
Sensei David Passmore began his Aikido career with Chiba Sensei in London at the Chiswick Dojo in 1974.
He trained under further Senseis, the likes of Kanetsuka Minoru, Ueshiba Kisshomaru, Sekiya Masatake, Tamura Nobuyoshi, Saito Morihiro, Yamada Yoshimitsu and many other eminent Japanese and European teachers, across Europe, especially in France.
He was the Founder Secretary of the British Aikido Board in 1978
Traditional Aikido is both hard and soft, and is an excellent method of attaining a level of fitness and flexibility and of learning the relationship of simple body movements and the importance of breathing.
At its highest level it is a discipline of harmony and coordination.
Wooden swords (bokken) are used quite extensively along with the jo (a short wooden staff) in the practise of Aikido.