If Sokaku Takeda can be said to have provided the technical basis for the later development of aikido, it was Onisaburo Deguchi, leader of the Omoto sect, who offered the key spiritual insights that struck a responsive chord in the religiously oriented Morihei. This article focuses on the relationship between the Aikido Founder and Onisaburo, which had a major bearing on the spiritual thinking of Morihei and the ethical framework of aikido.
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