Archives for May 2011


“Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido, Part 7” by Kanemoto Sunadomari

The article below is a chapter from the first biography of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba ever published. The author was a student of Morihei Ueshiba during his years at Ayabe as a member of the Omoto religion.

This article 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 was a condition known commonly as “kamikakushi” or being spirited away. Kisaburo received an order from the divine world to engage in unprecedented spiritual training for one week in this rocky cave. During this period of training, his spirit wandered in the faraway spiritual realm to fully observe the conditions of heaven and hell. He became aware of his divine mission to become a “messiah” and, moreover, understood the general principles of divine powers -the power of divine hearing, the power to penetrate people’s minds, and the power to see karma. As a result, he was able to perceive the past, present and future. In this way, he achieved an understanding of the secret principles of the divine world. He furthermore had insight into all matters including the future of Japan and all world events..

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Koichi Tohei, Aikido’s First 10th dan, and “Aikido With Ki”

Where did the aikido we practice today come from? A man who played a critical role in the gestation of modern aikido is Koichi Tohei. Today, Tohei Sensei is a forgotten name in many quarters, surely an unconscionable omission. Through his many books in both Japanese and English, and his extensive travels in Japan and the USA, Tohei Sensei left a permanent mark on the content and pedagogy of aikido during the postwar period.

For this week’s Aikido Journal special, we offer the first and only DVD to cover the topic of Koichi Tohei’s many contributions and activities to the early spread of aikido. This DVD also explores the preparatory exercises and basic techniques developed by Tohei Sensei aimed at developing the use of ki in aikido. The highlight of the program is a lengthy section featuring rare footage of a seminar taught by Tohei Sensei in his prime.

The second product you will receive as a bonus in this special is a one-of-a-kind DVD containing thousands of pages of magazine articles covering every aspect of aikido. It features the entire contents of Aiki News / Aikido Journal published over two-and-one-half decades in easy-to-access PDF format.

Click here for more information and to order Koichi Tohei’s “Aikido With Ki” DVD and the “Aiki News / Aikido Journal Back-issue” DVD at the special price of $24.95 during this week’s special sale: