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ZANSHIN KAI AIKIDO

“Aikikai lineage can only be lead by a descendant of Morihei Ueshiba.  This has been handed do from son to son”

Morihei Ueshiba  “O' Sensei”

Aikido (Pronounced “eye- kee-doe”), is a Japanese Martial Art created by one of the twentieth century’s top Japanese masters Morihei Ueshiba.

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Developed from a combination of traditional sword, spear and empty -hand martial art forms, Aikido is now regarded as a one of the top  most devastating self defensive martial arts.   Modern Aikido was founded by a man called Morihei Ueshiba, who was born on 14th December 1883 in Tanabe, a small town near Osaka.

He first started learning JuJutsu at an early age at the Kito-Ryu Dojoand then Swordsmanship at the Shinage Ryu Dojo.  By the age of 20 he was an expert in the use of the spear and sword. He was also physically very strong.  He volunteered for service in the army during the Russo - Japanese war, when he was 21, as a regular soldier. After the war he returned to his JuJutsu training and worked as a farmer.

During this period he met Sokaku Takeda (Grandmaster of Daito-ryu Aiki Justsu), and became his pupil. His apprenticeship was very hard and demanding, and eventually in 1916, at the age of 33, he received the diploma appointing him a master of Daito Ryu Aiki Jutsu.  At the age of 35 he heard that his father was very sick and he travelled across Japan to see him. However he impulsively stopped in Ayabe Prefecture upon meeting Deguichi Onisaburo, and stayed there for a period of time.

Upon reaching home, he was deeply saddened to find out that his father had passed away while he was in Ayabe.  This event had a deep effect on him and he went back to study under Deguichi.  Deguichi was the founder of a Shinto religious sect called Omoto Kyo. Deguichi greatly influenced Ueshiba over the next 6 years, especially during a period when Ueshiba lived in solitude. Ueshiba opened his first dojo at the age of 38.

Eventually Ueshiba moved to Tokyo, where many people sought Ueshiba's teaching, among them Tomiki Kenji (who went on to make his own style of Aikido) and the famous Admiral Takeshita.   While his dojo (Kobukan) was being constructed, many high-ranking instructors of other arts, such and Kano Jigoro, came to visit. They were so impressed that they would dispatch their own students to study under Ueshiba.

Around 1942  Ueshiba moved to Ibaraki Prefecture and to the village of Iwama. There he built an out door dojo  which is now the famous “Aiki Shrine”.  After the war, Aikido grew rapidly and the Kobukan became known as Hombu Dojo. It is at this time that Ueshiba also became known as “O Sensei” or the “Grand Teacher” the Master of Aikido.  O Sensei  also received many decorations from the Japanese government.

In the spring of 1969 O Sensei fell ill, and at his request he was returned to his home to be near his dojo.  Early on the morning of 26th April 1969, O Sensei took his son’s hand, smiled and said “take care of things!” And then died….he was 86.  O Sensei’s ashes are buried at the family temple in Tanabe, and  every year a memorial service is held on the 29th April at the Aiki Shrine in Iwama.