The word Aikido consists of three ideograms :
合 – ai= Harmony, unification
気 – ki= Energy, power
道 – dō= Path, method
Aikido is a Japanese martial art, created during the early years of the 20th century, by Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969). After World War II, Aikido became one of the most popular martial arts of the world under the leadership of the founder’s son, of Dosu Ueshiba Kisomarou the 2nd (1921-1999). Today, Dosu Oueshiba Moriterou the 3rd (born in 1951), grandson of the founder, is the one leading the Global Headquarters of Aikido.
It is an educational system that follows the training methods of traditional Japanese martial arts within the frame of modern society and emphasizes spiritual growth. Aikido is not a sport and therefore, there are not matches for it. It develops real power by forging both mind and body. The techniques are based on natural movements without undue stress on the body and therefore men, women, young and old can work on it.
Aikido is the martial art of love and harmony. Techniques are based on the integration with the movement of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack. This requires very limited physical strength, as the momentum of the attacker is neutralized with standstills and throws.
The art of Aikido offers a complete system of self-defense and development of the physical and mental condition.
Petros Moulagiannis, 4. Dan Aikikai
Peter Moulagiannis is working for several years in the field of private security. He entered martial arts in 1989, at the age of 18, practicing in Shotokan Karate (holder of 1st dan), until the day on which he got to know the art of Aikido, which immediately earned him thanks to its philosophy, harmonious of kinesiology and completeness of its techniques.
He started being trained on Aikido in 1996, at FukuShinKan Dojo under the close guidance and teaching of Sensei Giorgos Koliopoulos 6 Dan Aikikai Hombu. In August 2000 he acquired the 1st dan Aikikai,in June 2003, the 2nd dan Aikikai, in January 2007 the 3rd dan Aikikai, while in December 2010 the 4th dan Aikikai.
For a number of years he taught Aikido in Fukushinkan Dojo of sensei Giorgos Koliopoulos, as his assistant (at the beginning as Fukushidoin and afterwards as Shidoin), while his restless spirit looking for knowledge and the desire to deepen and broaden the approach and his knowledge in the magical world of the art of Aikido, led him to be practived and trained at the same time for a number of years in dojo “Aikido Athens” under the teachers Janet Clift Sensei 5 Dan, Aikikai Hombu Dojo and Eamonn Devlin Sensei 5 Dan.
For the entire duration of his practice in Aikido, he attended in Greece as well as abroad (Italy, Germany, Norway), many seminars of high-standing teachers, both from Japan and Hombu Dojo, such as Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, Shihan Tada, Kobayashi, Sugano, Asai, Yokota, Fujimoto, Fujita, Inaba, Miyamoto, Arai, Rokubota, Hatayama, Sugawara, Mori, and Europe, such as Shihan Tissier, Smith, Jones, Brady, Hayward, Olsen, Martucci sensei, Guillemin sensei.
In 2010 he founded Aikido Tokaido Dojo, at Palliini and Rafina and in 2011 in cooperation with Aikido Academy and Vasilis Nikteris Sensei 4 Dan Aikikai Hombu Dojo, he follows Shihan Christian Tissier 7 Dan Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Since 2004 he is practicing at the same time in Iaido and today he is holding the grade of 3rd Dan.