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.
Morihiro Saito was a skinny, unimpressive lad of 18 when he first met Morihei Ueshiba in sleepy Iwama-mura in July 1946. It was shortly after the end of World War II and practice of the martial arts was prohibited by the GHQ. The founder had been “officially” retired in Iwama for several years although in reality he was engaged in intensive training and meditation in these secluded surroundings. Indeed, it was during the Iwama years during and after World War II that Morihei Ueshiba was in the process of perfecting modern aikido.
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