The article below by noted professor/martial arts historian, Fumiaki Shishida, 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.
This article was written for a sports encyclopedia by Sensei Fumiaki Shishida, 7th Dan. Shishida Sensei is a Professor at Waseda University, Tokyo, where he instructs Tomiki Sensei’s original Aikido Club. He is Shodokan Aikido’s Shihan for the Kanto, or Western Japan. In addition to his duties as a professor and as an Aikido sensei, Shishida Shihan is also a noted martial arts historian, focusing on the first half of the 20th Century.