Video: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba at the 1993 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

This is a video clip of the present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, from the time when he was still known as “Wakasensei,” or “Young Master.” This was prior to his becoming the Third Doshu following the passing of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, in 1999.

Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei was groomed from a young age to eventually become aikido’s leader as a successor of the family bloodline. His aikido training began in earnest following his graduation from Meiji University. For many years, he trained at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the general classes with other practitioners. As he matured, Moriteru Sensei was assigned more responsibilities, and eventually became the Dojo-cho, at which time he was able to assist the Second Doshu in fulfilling various administration functions.

In this demonstration, as Dojo-cho, Moriteru Sensei performs a flowing demonstration of aikido techniques, typifying the style of the art developed by his father. His presentation is highly polished and his ukes’ falls are often times acrobatic in nature. Many aikido practitioners the world over strive to emulate this style of aikido technique as the official standard promoted by the Hombu Dojo.

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  1. I, along with some of my students, visited Montreal in 2010 to train under Doshu; it was a wonderful opportunity for us in Newfoundland – he couldn’t be any closer….so,I felt we had to go!

    We saw Doshu 20-25 yrs. ago in Montreal when he was Waka Sensei – and had a group pic with him – got another pic in 2010.

    We are somewhat isolated here in Newfoundland/Labrador and cannot avail of all the opportunities of seminars as our fellow Mainland practitioners. However, our first sensei (Mr. Graham Burt Sensei) was a man from England, who studied under Senseis Kenshiro Abbe and Nakazono… out from Japan to spread the good word. He taught the “form” method as he had been taught, coupled with the flowing movement of today’s Doshu. Since we are an island and have not too many outside influences, our Aikido remains the same, pretty much. Wonderful circles and spheres, and lots of tai sabaki. I love watching the Doshu because his movement reminds me so much of the Aikido I first studied (40 yrs. later) and try to promote still today.

    I understand that everything evolves and changes, but it is so refreshing to see the Doshu perform the basic techniques with his flowing movement…just as I saw 40 years ago. Nice that some things remain the same…….and only you can refine them for yourself to pass on to students. Thanks, if you read this!!! Practise…………..

  2. I had the pleassure to watch and video Doshu in the Netherlands in 2009. I made a 7 minute clip off it “old style”. It can be found here: http://vimeo.com/7744689

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