Morihei Ueshiba: “The Aim of Aiki is to Banish Fighting, Warfare and Violence.”

During and immediately after the war, Morihei had for the first time in years the opportunity to devote himself to farming, personal training, and meditation. It was in this country village, far from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, that Morihei formulated the concept of “Takemusu Aiki.” This was an expression of his ideal of the highest level of aikido where techniques perfectly suited to the immediate circumstances surge forth spontaneously. These techniques were infused with Morihei’s heartfelt belief that the true purpose of Aikido is to banish, fighting, warfare and violence…

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