In simple terms it is a martial art founded in the mid 1920's by Morihei Ueshiba based on the principles of harmony and expression of love for all things through budo. Recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development of Aikido worldwide. In deeper more complex terms Aikido training allows the human spirit to develop itself by unifying ones body mind and spirit.Through time, Aikido training will skillfully strike down one's ego & inherent insincerity through the discipline in the martial techniques in Aikido. The ultimate goal of Aikido is step by step improvement of one's character based on the rules of nature. So we "become resilient and strong inside but express our spirit's strength softly.In the natural world we find efficient, rational and soft movements, while inside you will find the immovable and firm center. This concept makes it possible to defend one self against an opponent of superior strength & size. Aikido movements may seem circular and soft on the surface but with some application of force Aikido can be devastating in nature. Through understating of this principle one can have physical exercise, gain spiritual development and learn proper etiquette and behavior to all humans one encounters in life.