The meaning of the
word "Aikido" is a good example of this approach to self-defense. The
word Aikido is made up of three characters:
Thus, the word Aikido means "a way of life through harmony with nature".
Aikido was founded by Morehei Ueshiba, a renowned martial artist of his time. Master Ueshiba redefined the martial code of budo, which was based on strength and brutality, into a martial way, which is based on the principle of harmony with the Ki of the universe, oneself and the principle of loving protection for all things.
While Aikido is an art of self-defense, we must keep in mind that the main purpose of training Aikido is to carry the principles of harmony and non-violence into our daily life.