Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Minoru Mochizuki” by Stanley Pranin

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.

Mochizuki relates an amusing story of how he came to the attention of the famous Kyuzo Mifune Sensei while attending “kangeiko” (winter training). It seems that that he was living in Tsurumi at that time and in order to attend the early morning keiko had to set out at 12 midnight. One morning outside the Kodokan, failing to find the bucket he was accustomed to using to wipe off the sweat worked up during the vigorous all-night walk, he jumped into a well breaking the ice which had formed on the surface. When young Mochizuki started to emerge from the well, an unknown hand began pulling him out. It was none other than Mifune Sensei who was peering at the drenched boy incredulously. “What are you doing splashing yourself with cold water? You fool, you’ll ruin your health that way.” Mifune ordered him to stay at his house that evening. He continued to stay on at Mifune’s house thereafter as an uchideshi and learned first-hand the importance of being at the side of one’s master on a 24-hour basis.

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  1. I think I see why the Japanese are skeptical about the qualifications of American aikidoists.

  2. How auspicious to have Stan Pranin resubmit this most excellent and instructive account of Minoru Mochizuki Sensei’s contributions and indelible impact on both the Aikido community, and the greater Budo international community.

    Unquestionably a giant of his own stature, he did indeed stand on the shoulders of both Kano and Ueshiba, to create Yoseikan Budo.

    In what appears to be a growing sentiment and visionary purpose of many in the greater Aiki community to explore meaningful ways of bridging the wasteful divide amongst the leaders and students of divergent Aikido and Aiki related organizations, Mochizuki Sensei’s stellar example of respect and reigi towards the Founder’s original organization and to his legacy of applying Aiki Principles legitimately and without prejudice, is one the sincere and faithful supporters of the Founder’s vision of purpose can include in their rallying towards open communication and mutually beneficial interaction, both on and off the mat.

    Kudos to Shihans like Patrick Auge of Torrance, California for maintaining the open minded vision and open hearted example if following and expanding on his teacher’s mission of Aikido unity.

    Time for the rest of us to get on board.

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