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Morihei Ueshiba


Founder of Aikido

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

Aikido derives mainly from the lethal martial art of the Samurais, Daitò-ryù Aiki-jùjutsu, but began to separate from it in the late 1920s, due to Ueshiba’s respect for people and life.

Ueshiba’s senior students have different methods and understanding of Aikido, this was dependent on the period when they studied with him. Today Aikido is diverse all over the world and practiced in a number of styles, with a broad spectrum of interpretation and emphasis.

Nonetheless, they all share the concept of Budo learned from Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.