Aikido is more than a martial art - it is a way of mastering life. The founder, O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, considered aikido a way of creating peace and making the world a better place:
- Take responsibility for your life
- Solve conflicts peacefully
- Build friendships all over the world
At Aikido Dojo Oberursel, we fully embrace the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which defines the guiding principles of modern societies.
Mutual respect is key for aikido practice. We are looking forward to practising with you, independent of your birthplace or the colour of your skin, of the language you speak and whether you are here permanently or just stay with us for some time, independent of your gender and of whom you love, independent of your age or personal history, independent of your religious or ideological views, independent of the size of your bank account or the number of degrees you have obtained, independent of whether you are in perfect physical and mental shape or deal with challenges - as long as we keep an open mind and treat each other with kindness and modesty.
We expect the same behaviour outside the mats: using hateful, abusive or condescending speech in order to hurt others is not tolerated in our dojo — independent of the personal or political motivation for doing so. We expect our dojo members to act responsibly, to refrain from premature generalisations, and to accept the possiblity that their own beliefs or skills may need adjustment. Without these character traits it is not possible to seriously practise aikido.
This attitude is supported by the aikido etiquette which is followed in dojos around the world.