Most people who have been practicing martial arts for awhile realize that there is more to it than just the physical aspect. Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art developed by Morehei Ueshiba as a method of defending oneself while still protecting an opponent from injury as much as possible. It emphasizes flowing with the energy of an opponent – rather than fighting against it – to create the best possible outcome for both. The word “aikido” can be translated as “the way of the harmonious spirit”. This is the first an a series of videos that explores both the physical and spiritual sides of aikido. Even for non-martial artists, this is a good introduction to how we can flow with the universal energy to achieve the best possible outcome in our own life.