Aikido is a modern martial art that originated in Japan and focuses on self-defense skills which incorporate a sense of ethics as well as a superior level of practical effectiveness. The word Aikido comprises 3 separate Japanese words: Ai, or harmony, Ki, or cosmic energy, and Do, or "The Way", as in a "Way of Life". Thus, Aikido literally means "The Way of Life in harmony with Ki". It is an example of what is considered a "soft"-style, as opposed to a "hard"-style, martial art (such as Karate or Taekwondo).

Nihon Goshin Aikido (NGA) is an extensive and comprehensive set of scientific principles which, when mastered, can be transformed by the practitioner into a unique art form creating movements of beauty, grace and devastating power. The skills it teaches are founded in scientific principles of physics, geometry, anatomy and biomechanics. The acquisition of those skills requires a substantial physical, mental and emotional commitment by the student.