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Aikido is a martial art. But it is not about breaking or destroying an attacker. It is about protecting oneself. And, as the creator of the art, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) saw it, it is an art whose highest aim is, ‘the loving protection of all things.’ Practicing Aikido can help us defend ourselves against a bully or other aggressor while at the same time teaching us to forgive, to make peace, and to love more fully.