The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Morihei made the decision to change trains at Kyoto for Ayabe. He met Onisaburo Deguchi and requested that he pray for his father’s recovery from his illness. However, Onisaburo told Morihei that his father was “alright as he was”. Morihei later understood the meaning of these words to be that his father had lived out his natural life. He stayed at the Omoto Headquarters for several days and returned to Tanabe only to find that his father had already passed away.
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