Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei, or Great teacher(1883-1969). It is based on traditional Japanese martial arts and the spiritual practices of O-Sensei, a one time soldier in the Japanese army and devoted friend of the Omoto-kyo(a sect of Shinto). Through many years of practice and service, O-Sensei refined Aikido into what it is today. The training at Copper Mountain Aikido is in the traditional style which upholds the standards as set forth by O'Sensei and T.K. Chiba, Shihan.