Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (22): Founding the Ueshiba Private School” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

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.

After moving to Ayabe in 1920, the founder was immediately made one of the close servants of Onisaburo. He took care of the Omoto Master and took part in meetings with high officials and other visitors. In response to this instant show of trust, the founder tried his hardest to pay back the Master for his kindness. Thus, the Master’s every action seemed something absolute for Morihei.

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  1. There is no difference between jutsu and Do! If you train to fail, and you end up needing real skill, you will fail. This is the do of the fool or bakado. Take up dance classes instead. If you train “as if preparing for real battle” then never end up needing it, then that’s Do. But it is much more Do than merely do, if you train “as if preparing for real battle,” then choose to live a live that actively and purposefully deploys a strategy of making real battle impossible to happen, because of the plenum of creativity, generated value, social abundance and living human equity, as more than a mere quoted scripture or hidden constitutional text.

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