The Founder of Aikido
Aikido is the creation of Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969)
Master Ueshiba (pronounced 'oo-eh-she-ba') was born in 1883 in a Japan which had not fully emerged into the modern world and where many of the martial arts were still taught by masters in the old tradition.
In his early manhood, he mastered several martial arts including swordsmanship and various forms of unarmed self-defence. At the same time he envisioned a new system of budo (the way of the warrior) which would provide a basis for both physical and spiritual development. This he named Aikido: the way (do) of harmonising (ai) the spirit (ki).
"True budo is the way of great harmony and great love of all beings" wrote Ueshiba. He meant Aikido to be more than a method of self-defence, this is conveyed in his words, "I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind".
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