Aikido Shinki Rengo
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What has been said about Budo in general also and especially applies to Aikido. One could even say that in Aikido the budo spirit has reached a new high point.

Aikido originated from the unarmed fighting techniques of the samurai era, called jujutsu (= soft arts). Some of them only supplemented the – hard – weapons arts. On the other hand, they were deliberately developed in a “pacifist” spirit, so to speak, as an alternative to the sword, so as not to kill. The rival principalities (= Han) have each developed their own jujutsu and more or less cultivated them as secret arts. This is particularly true of Aiki-Jujutsu , which was cultivated in Takeda-Han for centuries and later transmitted to Aizu-Han. Only the higher samurai and court ladies were allowed to learn it. It was Sokaku Takeda who established this martial art as Daitoryu Aiki Jujutsu in the post-samurai era .

Aikido was systematized in its current form around 1930. The founder was the Grand Master (O-Sensei) Morihei Uéshiba. He was a master of several kinds of Budo and especially Aiki-Jujutsu, which he had learned from Sokaku Takeda. At the same time he was deeply religious and looked for the secret of being. Through the contact with the modern Shintoist sect “Omotokyo” (= teaching about the great origin) and through a kind of mystical experience he came to the conviction that this secret is infinite divine love. And he sought to make his art a way of expressing that belief. This is how Aiki-Jujutsu became “Aikido”. The name Aikido was first used in 1942.

“Ai” means encounter and harmony. “Ki” is a very extensive term. In relation to humans, Ki means the soul-spiritual force that moves the body. Those who seriously practice Aikido gradually experience in themselves what is meant. Aikido therefore means: the – destructive – Ki of the attacker should be connected with one’s own and brought into harmony with the help of fighting technique. Of course, this requires a much higher skill than simply repulsing the attacker regardless of whether he or she is harmed.

The Ki is not only present in humans, but in the whole cosmos as primordial life energy. In Hinduism it is known as Prana. In the Middle Ages, St. Hildegard von Bingen coined the term “viriditas” (= green power) for this. It is important to be united with this primal life energy. We call it in its origin “Shin-Ki” (= divine Ki).

Aikido Shinki Rengo
Aikido Shinki Rengo is one of the three sub-organizations of Shinkiryu Aiki Budo. Rengo means “federation”.
The aim of Aikido Shinki Rengo is above all unity with Shinki, like Shinkiryu Aiki Budo as a whole.
The basic character of our practice should therefore not only be the – quite justified – rigor of the mind and budo training, but also the atmosphere of love. We have to transform to love, the true power, as Master Uéshiba put it.

Overall, the goal of Aikido Shinki Rengo can be presented in the following three points:
Effective martial art as Budo, dynamic-flowing movement as a principle of nature and unity with Shinki as the cosmic primal life force, the latter being the central element.