A few days ago, we uploaded a rare photograph of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba that was taken in February 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. This was only a few weeks before his passing on April 26. The photo is part of a series of six images that were shot by Jean Greslé, a French pilot for Air France who was visiting Tokyo at the time with his wife. The photos have been restored in Photoshop and came out beautifully.
These six images show Morihei in the midst of leading the class in warmup exercises. The Founder took great pains to maintain his physical conditioning all of his life. This is an excellent example for both students and instructors to follow throughout their aikido careers.
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