Doshu – Moriteru Ueshiba
Doshu – Moriteru Ueshiba
Moriteru Ueshiba was born in 1951 and is the grandson of the founder of Aikido (Morihei Ueshiba) and the son of the second Doshu (Kissomaru Ueshiba).
Moriteru Ueshiba graduated from university in 1976 and became master of the Aikido World Headquarters in 1986. In 1996 he was named chairman of the Aikikai Foundation, and in 1999 he became Aikido Doshu following the passing of his father. He holds several important posts related to martial arts including being a trustee of the Nippon Budokan. As Doshu, he travels extensively throughout the world conducting Aikido seminars and celebrations. Despite his demanding commitments Doshu regularly teaches the 6.30 a.m. class at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo. Those of us who have been privileged to be part of these classes can attest to the inspiring and seemingly effortless skill in which Doshu demonstrates the spirit and energy that epitomises true Aikido. (Text by: Gordon Jones, Oct 2008 - and approved by Doshu)
Message from Doshu
The Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, through intensive Martial Arts training and strict cultivation of mind, created Aikido. Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu devoted himselfl to promote Aikido’s great value and to open the doors to the world.
It has been 82 years since the current Hombu Dojo was found in 1931. Aikido has been spread to 130 countries: North, Central and South America; Western and Eastern Europe; and Southeast Asia.
In 2012, the Aikikai Foundation embarked on the new phase as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.
The Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, created Aikido as a way to “banyu-aigo (love for all things in nature)”, after having a sense of doubt for Martial Arts which are for developing fighting skill with the ultimate goal being to win.
The Founder said it was more important to harmonize with people than to win by depending on power. Switching from ‘skills of fighting’ to ‘harmony’ is the purpose of training. Love is all “Ki (life energy)” based on “En No Ugoki (circle movement)”, “Irimi (entering)”, “DoChuSei (quietness in turmoil)” and “Chushin (immovable center)” to train our skills with each other. There is no conflict in this training. Aikido is “a way to absolute self-accomplishment”.
It goes without saying that the fabulousness of Aikido techniques and philosophical principles created by the Founder is widely acknowledged. For such accomplishment, unsparing support of the Founder’s father (Yoroku Ueshiba), the foresights by seniors who passed Aikido down correctly to the next generations, Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu’s devotion to further propagation of Aikido based on the Founder’s teaching were necessary. For myself, I have been following their paths with many people’s support. I believe that all these made a larger and greater Aikido circle today.
I will continue to strive and to cherish the spirit of harmony, eliminating the walls of country, race and religion, to make an effort to have this great Aikido appreciated by a great number of people. Also, I hope I will contribute to the society as much as possible through Aikido.
Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu