Aikido is a martial art style synthesized by Morihei Ueshiba, based on his lifetime of training in many styles of martial arts, most notably Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu.
Aikido, Japanese martial art, has foundations in, bujutsu, kobudo, bushido, and budo.
It is the way of blending and harmonizing with energy; a disciplined study of the self, conflict, self defense, self preservation, aggression, combat and its resolution.
In addition to Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu, O sensei (M. Ueshiba) also studied the following:
Goto Ryu Yagyu Jujutsu
Katori Shinto Ryu
Kito Ryu (Known for projection throws or nage waza; Judos founder Jigoro Kano also studied Kito Ryu)
Kuki Shin Ryu (Kenpo was also taught in this ryu ha)
Takenouchi Ryu (one of the oldest jujutsu style still taught known for immobilization technique or osae waza and kansetsujo. Also much of the judo comes from Takenouchi Ryu Jujutsu)
Tenjin Shin'yo Ryu (Known for its heavy use of percussion or atemi waza. Jigoro Kano also studied, along with Yamashita Yoshitaka. Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu was also derived from Tenjin Shin'yo Ryu Jujutsu)
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
Yagu Shinkage Ryu
Elements of all of these styles of jujutsu can be found in aikido.
Falling down and getting back up is a major part of aikido. Ukemi is the other side of learing aikido, and without a good and sincere uke, it is impossible to train effectively. (Photo at left)
In 1992 while serving in the US Navy, William Stynetski Sensei began practicing aikido. With 32 years in the martial arts, 25 of them in aikido, he is a Yondan, or 4th degree blackbelt in aikido. Aikido at Plano Dojo is an independent aikido dojo.
The feather fall (depicted above)
is another type of break fall, or ukemi utilized in aikido.