What is AIKIDO
Who We Are
The word "aikido" is formed from three kanji: ai meaning harmony, ki meaning energy, and do meaning the way.
Aikido was developed in Japan in the early 1900s by Morihei Ueshiba. He had a vision of stopping the cycle of violence utilizing a nonviolent method of resolving conflict. He called this method "aikido", the way of harmony.
New School Aikido was founded in Stockton in 1986 by Sensei John Smartt. His goal was to bring the way of harmony to the citizens of Stockton. Since founding New School Aikido, Sensei Smartt has taught this revolutionary martial art of self-defense to hundreds of students.