Aikido is a powerful defensive Japanese martial art of joint locks, throws, and pins, emphasizing blending with your opponent's energy, and non-violent conflict resolution. It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) in the early to mid 1900's in Japan. Although Aikido movements are soft, rational, and smooth in nature, by applying a bit of force these can become devastatingly effective. The philosophy and gentle quality of Aikido make it appealing to men, women, and children regardless of size, while its power makes it an effective martial art. It unifies the mind, body, and spirit, and exemplifies non-violent connections to others and harmonious resolutions to conflicts.