Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei (1883-1969)
O'Sensei (great master) was known as one of the World's greatest martial artists.
Although invincible as a warrior, Morihei was above all a man of Peace who detested violence.
After mastering judo, kendo and jujitsu, along with his profound spiritual insight into the
nature of the universe, he created aikido, an entirely original martial art based on universal principles.
Morihei taught the art of peace as a mind-body discipline, as self defense a practical means of handling
aggression, a way of life that develops fearlessness, wisdom, love and friendship.
He believed that aiki principles of reconciliation, harmony and co-operation could be applied
bravely to all challenges we face in life.
Although the art originated with Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei in Japan, it was intended to be a
gift for all humankind. He was often described as being the most religious person in Japan.
In his later years, he spent much of his time in study and prayer, writing spiritual poems.
Some of the most prominent students of Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei, who became masters are...
Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Gozo Shioda, Morihiro Saito, Rinjiro Shirata,
Michio Hikitsuchi, Kanshu Sunadomari, Takuma Hisa, Tenryu, Minoru Mochizuki, Kenji Tomiki,
and many, many more... who have dedicated their lives to the study and promotion of Aikido.
Moriteru Ueshiba (son of Kisshomaru, grandson of Morihei), continues to promote Aikido to
the World from the Hombu Dojo in Japan. The Aikido population keeps growing every year due
to the excellent work of the Masters and their dedicated students.
There are many prominent Master Instructors around the globe who are attracting millions
of people from all walks of life, to examine this fascinating art... the way of peace and harmony.