History of Aikido


 

     Aikido is a martial art that incorporates traditional martial art techniques to fortify both mind and body. It was created and founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) commonly referred to as O'Sensei (meaning Great Teacher).

 

     Starting very young O'Sensei went through hard training of various martial arts. As he gained a deeper understanding of these martial arts, he increasingly had doubts about those that were only focused on winning or defeating the opponent.

 

     Through Budo he looked for a way where martial arts practitioners could help or respect each other. He continued to struggle to find which one would be the best to train the mind in order to perfect personal qualities. He continued with hard training to develop the form currently known as Aikido.

 

     After his passing in 1969, his son and successor, Kisshomaru (1921- 1999) continued to spread Aikdo all over Japan and the world. Today O'Sensei's grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, is the head of Aikido, also known as Doshu.