Innovative Founder… An Overview of Aikido History, by Stanley Pranin

The founder of aikido breathed his last on April 26, 1969, his death the result of liver cancer. He was succeeded by his son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, who assumed the title of “Second Doshu.” The Aikikai Foundation, the postwar continuation of Ueshiba’s Kobukai Foundation, today enjoys a preeminent position in the world of aikido. More than half of the national and regional aikido organizations maintain affiliations with the Tokyo-based headquarters, which operates abroad as the International Aikido Federation…

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