The following is a first article in a series of mini articles written by Yusuf Sensei inspired from the book 'The Art of Aikido - Principles & Essential Techniques' by Kisshomaru Ueshiba.
Aikido is a modern Budo founded by Morihei Ueshiba after he had mastered many traditional Japanese martial arts and engaged in profound spritual training.
Master Morihei Ueshiba once explained the true mind-set of Aikido by saying: "In true Budo, there is no enemy. True Budo is the function of love. It does not contend and destroy but rather fosters and nourishes all things. A martial art solely concerned with winning and losing is not true Budo. True Budo is masakatsu, agatsu, katsuhayabi - "True Victory is Self-Victory, Victory Right Now!" This is an absolute victory, absolute because it does not contend with anything. Victory is to thoroughly rid the mind of contention and conflict within ourselves."
"Nothing surpasses daily training in Aikido" - Kisshomaru Ueshiba.