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Aikido was developed by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) in the early twentieth century, drawing technical knowledge from many teachers of Jujutsu such as grand master of Daito-ryu Aiki-jutsu, Sokkaku Takeda. The idea is to lead the partners intention and movement to a point where it can be controlled. Aikido incorporates projection throws, hip throws, wrist locks, arm locks and pins with the principles of maintaining centre, keeping weight underside, staying relaxed and extending ki.

Apart from the physical aspect of Aikido, there was a philosophical influence on Ueshiba during his development of Aiki budo. Ueshiba met the leader of the Omoto-kyo religion, Deguchi Onisaburo who taught the founder Omoto-kyo for eight years. Onisaburo was a pacifist and believed in non-violent resistance; this is thought to be a core component of modern Aikido teaching.

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