Martial art has different faces for different people. For beginners, the art is mainly for self defense and for those who have abused it, use it for their ill intent that is violence and personal satisfaction which is a misconception of the original value of the art. While there are people who make a living out of Aikido as trainers and teachers, there are others also who have made a fortune out of tournaments and consequently made a name for themselves.
All in all, there are people who see something much deeper in Aikido – a way of preserving culture and a bond between man and God. The rules that meet you when you get to a training school will indicate this truth. Some people have formed a habit of prying before training. This can be translated to invite good lack.
It is for spiritual reasons that Aikido does not encourage competition and violence. In this connection, there are techniques that are used for self defense when it is completely necessary without violence.
O’Sensei a key prime mover of Aikido confirmed this assertion in his words that it is one of Aikido’s goals to create a “beautiful and good society.” This points to the religious morals of righteousness and goodness. It is practically correct to say that violence and competition would be a mockery of O’Sensei’s words.
Culture is a key pillar in bringing people together in Japan just as it is in other parts of the world. Ueshiba the founder of Aikido is regarded to have supplemented the culture of the people of Japan particularly in Tanabe, Wakayama in Japan in the 18th century. Since his days, Aikido has become an integral part in the culture of the people in this parts of Japan. Here, Aikido is used to unite people by bringing them together to train.