“Collectively, these well-known Aikido teachers who studied under the Founder are responsible for the modern forms of the art more so than the Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.”
In this video, Stanley Pranin presents an overview of the principal students of Founder Morihei Ueshiba who have been the most influential in the spread of aikido in the postwar era. Such well-known figures as Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kenji Tomiki, and Gozo Shioda form part of the older generation of teachers who led the way and developed many top instructors. A younger group consisting of Morihiro Saito, Sadateru Arikawa, Hiroshi Tada, Seigo Yamaguchi, Michio Hikitsuchi, Nobuyoshi Tamura, Yoshimitsu Yamada, and others were among the most active in spreading aikido abroad. If you want to understand how aikido became an internationally practiced martial art, this video will go a long way toward providing the answer.