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.
It was late in the Meiji period (1912) that Morihei went to Hokkaido together with his followers from Tanabe. There were many kinds of people there. Some were serious, others were merely greedy adventurers, some were happy-go-lucky types and others former prisoners or members of violent gangs. The good and bad congregated in the same area.
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