To a casual observer, Aikido, with its formality, rigorous training regimen, and antique weapons may seem to have little to do with daily life. Upon closer examination, however, one would begin to see the deep value of this martial training. Aikido is unique among martial arts. It has no competition, which frees practitioners to focus on mutually beneficial goals. Values and principals that have held meaning in all cultures throughout history are reinforced through the exacting discipline of martial training. Awareness, both of self and others, compassion, self discipline, and positive engagement with those around you are some of the fruits of training. A strong, confident person united body, mind, and spirit is the goal of Aikido. As the founder said: ‘your spirit is your true shield’.