Aikido (the way of the harmonious spirit) was created by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920 - 1930. It is derived from Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu. He wanted an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves but at the same time protect the attacker's from injury if possible.
Aikido techniques are defensive. The moves are used to redirect an opponents attack by using the opponents energy to unbalance them. A throw or joint lock are added to terminate the attack. Properly executed techniques don’t require strength, making Aikido good for all ages and body types.
The aspects of training in Aikido is both physical and mental. Beginners learn how to safely fall or roll.
Training in Aikido will include both open hand techniques, and weapons training with the sword, short staff and knife.