The biographical article below on Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba 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.
It was Onisaburo Deguchi who revealed the path of chinkon and manifested its true essence. Morihei observed and experienced its true nature in Omoto.
Chinkon means to calm the world, the nation, the family and many other things. However, the most important thing is to calm the person, the individual self. One should perfect himself by achieving inner peace. Unless a person shapes and perfects his character, he cannot achieve peace within his family, not to mention society or the nation. If a person who has not yet achieved inner calm or who is incomplete attempts something, the result will be incomplete. Thus, one should reflect upon chinkon-kishin.
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