Brief History of Aikido
was created in Japan early in this century by Morihei Ueshiba. Considered
to be the top martial artist in Japan in his time, he was also a spiritual
leader and visionary. Through lifelong study of various martial arts
such as Daito Ryu Aiki-jujutsu, Jo (short staff), Kenjutsu (sword),
and diligent spiritual practice, Morihei (known as O-Sensei, which means
“great teacher”) arrived at the synthesis of these arts and practice
now known as Aikido. Though just over five feet tall, Morihei defeated
all challengers. Morihei’s great enlightenment came as he realized that
the true purpose of Budo (the martial arts) was to unite all people
and to foster a spirit of protection of all living things.
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