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“Aikikai lineage can only be lead by a descendant of Morihei Ueshiba. This has been handed do from son to son”
Aikido (Pronounced “eye-
Past to present day
Developed from a combination of traditional sword, spear and empty -
He first started learning JuJutsu at an early age at the Kito-
During this period he met Sokaku Takeda (Grandmaster of Daito-
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-
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.