Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Kisshomaru Ueshiba” 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.

Our article on aikido for this issue of Wushu focuses on Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. As the son of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru succeeded his father as Doshu upon the former’s death in April 1969. As we will see, the role of Kisshomaru Sensei in the postwar development of aikido has been one of extreme importance, and the present image and status of the art both in Japan and abroad is directly related to his efforts. It goes without saying that various other prominent aikido sensei such as Gozo Shioda, Kenji Tomiki, Koichi Tohei, and Morihiro Saito to name only a few have made significant contributions to aikido’s prestige, but Kisshomaru Sensei as “Doshu” and the major decision-maker of the “mainstream” of aikido has been in a position to leave a strong personal stamp on the art.

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  1. Am personally impressed by the modesty of those of that generation whom I’ve met. They could have been much more flamboyant, but always represented themselves as passing on what they learned from O Sensei. (And I saw Doshu Kishomaru Ueshiba, about 1984, effortlessly holding down a large/powerful/young uke who was turning red and sweating profusely…)

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