The Aikikai Foundation is the main style of Aikido because it is the original organisation, as recognised by the Japanese government in 1940.
It is an umbrella organisation for the growth of aikido throughout the
world, and it's headquarters Hombu Dojo, is located in Tokyo, Japan.
After the passing of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei took over as leader. The current doshu is Kisshomaru's son and Morihei's grandson Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei
Aikikai is sometimes described as Ueshiba Aikido, and is thought to be the most traditional of the aikido schools. It has kept many of the aspects which O'Sensei valued in his original aikido, like...
non-resistance and focus on flowing technique.
Aikikai is also often referred to as a style of aikido, although instructors, technically, can be very different. The students of Morihei Ueshiba each had their own interpretation of his art, and often other influences too.
I think the main reason for this is that O'Sensei taught many different ways throughout his life. From hard, practical Aiki-Jutsu and Aiki-Budo to the soft flowing Aikido, self-development and spirituality.
Morihei Ueshiba developed the martial art of Aikido from his combat studies of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Master Sokaku Takeda, and his spiritual studies with the Omoto Kyo and Onisaburi Deguchi.
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In 1975, to unite millions of Aikido practitioners all over the world, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was formed, leading the way for Aikido to be practised on a global scale.
Aikido is popular, not just in Japan, but throughout the world because people accept the philosophy. Aikido is practiced by more than a million people in over fifty countries around the world.
As travel, work, and study abroad have now become common, Aikido is spreading internationally because it's not bound to any one nation or people, and offers a legacy of harmony, peace, love, and friendship.
Under the leadership of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, instructors are teaching Aikido according to the ideals of Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei to students in Japan and throughout the world.
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