Morihei Ueshiba sensei (O Sensei), Founder of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平, December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a famous Japanese martial artist and founder of Aikido. He is often referred to as Kaiso (開祖, founder), or Ō Sensei (Great Teacher).

After working as an instructor for the japanese army, O Sensei founded the Kobukan Dojo in 1931 with a space of eighty tatami mats (the current Aikikai Foundation Aikido Hombu Dojo) at 102 Wakamatsucho Ushigomeku Tokyo.

In 1942, in pursuit of completing his long-cherished ideal philosophy of Bu-No- Ichinyo (the unity of martial arts and agriculture), he moved with his wife Hatsu to Iwama Machi, Ibaraki Prefecture. There he erected an Aiki Shrine in 1943. In 1945, he completed a Dojo with about 100m2 of land which became the birth place of Aikido.

Aikido includes the study of bare hands technics (taijutsu), as well as japanese sword (bokken), stick (jo) and knife (tanto).
Ō Sensei used to teach weapon technics (bukiwaza) every morning and bare hands technics during evening classes.

Taijutsu (in this picture, ikkyo)

He always insisted on the importance of studying weapons (bokken, jo, tanto) from the very beginning.



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