The following are some of the founder's teachings concerning the
essence of aikido.
Aikido is a manifestation of a way to reorder the world of humanity as
though everyone were of one family. Its purpose is to build a paradise right
here on earth.
Aikido is nothing but an expression of the spirit of Love for all living
It is important not to be concerned with thoughts of victory and defeat.
Rather, you should let the ki of your thoughts and feelings blend with the
Aikido is not an art to fight with enemies and defeat them. It is a way to
lead all human beings to live in harmony with each other as though everyone
were one family. The secret of aikido is to make yourself become one with
the universe and to go along with its natural movements. One who has
attained this secret holds the universe in him/herself and can say, "I am
If anyone tries to fight me, it means that s/he is going to break harmony
with the universe, because I am the universe. At the instant when s/he
conceives the desire to fight with me, s/he is defeated.
Nonresistance is one of the principles of aikido. Because there is no
resistance, you have won before even starting. People whose minds are evil
or who enjoy fighting are defeated without a fight.
The secret of aikido is to cultivate a spirit of loving protection for all
I do not think badly of others when they treat me unkindly. Rather, I feel
gratitude towards them for giving me the opportunity to train myself to
You should realize what the universe is and what you are yourself. To know
yourself is to know the universe.