The article below by Fukiko Sunadomari, a close confidante of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. It consists of an interview of several of the first students of Morihei Ueshiba of the “Ueshiba Juku” era in Ayabe in the 1920s. This was Morihei’s first dojo which catered mainly to believers of the Omoto religion, and was also attended by numerous naval officers who were enthusiastic students of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the art O-Sensei was teaching at that time.
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When Kanemoto Sunadomari began work on his biography of Morihei Ueshiba he enlisted the help of his younger sister, Fukiko, in interviewing the many people whose lives had been touched by the Master. In this interview she joins Shigeo Sakurai, who was acquainted with O-Sensei during his days at Ayabe and Hidetaro Nishimura, a talented judoka who became one of O-Sensei’s uchideshi.
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