Focus on History: “Ueshiba Family Tree: The Line of Succession” by Stanley Pranin

The present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, in turn succeeded Kisshomaru. Moriteru has two children, and his son, Mitsuteru, is already being groomed as his successor. Mitsuteru will one day be aikido’s Fourth Doshu. Aikido is unusual among modern Japanese budo in that it has a so-called “iemoto,” or family succession system. The Ueshiba family line has formed the core around which the art has grown and flourished worldwide in the postwar era…

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