How the Term “Aikido” Was Born and Why

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - The average aikidoka is convinced that the word "Aikido" was created by Morihei Ueshiba or by the Aikikai Foundation to designate the set of techniques codified by the founder himself. However, there is a direct testimony that seems to unequivocally demonstrate that things happened differently: the students of Ueshiba-Ryu would have rather "appropriated" - thanks to the success of their style - a word that had been coined specifically to act as an umbrella for a variety of different styles with common origins. This fact sheds new and interesting light on how even today we should approach the world of Aikido