Interview with Morihei Ueshiba: “The Great Giant Aikido” (1958)

“In the old days, the martial arts were used in deplorable ways, especially during the Japanese Era of the Warring States when they were used to benefit the private interests of daimyos. That’s not all to be admired. I myself taught martial arts to solders during the war, instructing them in killing or wounding people. After the war, I became much agonized about it. But seven years ago [1951], I began to understand the real way of aiki…”

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