Saito Morihiro Shihan

Saito Morihiro (斉藤 守弘, March 31, 1928–May 13, 2002) was a teacher of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, with many students around the world. Saito's practice of aikido spanned 56 years.

Having spent 24 years at the side of the founder, Saito Morihiro Sensei is the one who studied the longest under O Sensei's guidance, from the age of 18 when he first met Morihei Ueshiba, aikido's founder, until he passed away in 2002. 
Saito Sensei was also teaching every Sunday morning at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo of Tokyo, from 1960 to 1969.
Before his death, Morihei Ueshiba Morihei gave Morihiro Saito the responsibility of carrying on the teaching of his dojo at Iwama as well as the shrine dedicated to Aikido (Aiki Jinja).

He was the only true Aikido weapons specialist and his way of teaching the use of these weapons has become the benchmark for the whole world. Equally an incomparable expert with bare hand techniques, Saito Sensei emphasises the relationship between these two forms of training, respecting the true basis of Aikido created by O Sensei.

His son and successor Hitohiro Saito Sensei continues now to teach at Iwama.

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