Founder and Doshu's Biography

Founder and Doshu's Biography

Aikido is a modern Martial Art that has been pioneered by Morihei Ueshiba. 
After the Founder's passing, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba was inaugurated as Aikido Doshu. 
At present, Moriteru Ueshiba (the Founder's grandson), has succeeded his father as Aikido Doshu.

Morihei Ueshiba


1883Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, is born on December 14th in the present-day city of Tanabe in Wakayama Prefecture.

1908The Founder receives a license in Goto Ha-Yagyu Ryu Jujutsu from Mr. Masanosuke Tsuboi.

1911The Founder applies for invitation from the government to become a pioneer to Hokkaido. Leads a group of pioneers in migrating to Shirataki (now known as Engaru-cho), Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture. 

The Founder meets Mr. Sokaku Takeda, the originator of Daito-ryu Jujutsu, at the Hisada Ryokan (inn) in Engaru, and asks for instruction.

1919On his return home because of his father's critical condition, while in Ayabe (Kyoto Prefecture), the Founder makes the acquaintance of Mr. Onisaburo Deguchi, of the Omoto religious sect and devotes himself to ascetic spiritual training. 
The Founder's father, Mr. Yoroku Ueshiba passes away. 
The Founder opens a training dojo called "Ueshiba-juku" at the foot of Hongu, Ayabe.

1922The Founder addresses "Aiki" as the essence of the Martial Arts, due to his development of the mind coupled with spiritual practices.

1927The Founder comes to Tokyo with his family and begins teaching Martial Arts in Shirogane-Sarumachi, Shiba. His main activities move to Tokyo.

1931The Kobukan Dojo is established in present-day Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku.

1940The Kobukai Foundation, with Mr. Isamu Takeshita as its first president, is officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan.

1941Plans to build an outdoor dojo in Iwama, Ibaraki Prefecture are created.

1955The Founder starts to promote the development of Aikido in Japan and abroad.

1960The Founder receives the Medal with Purple Ribbon of Honor from the Japanese Government.

1964The Founder receives the award of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

1969The Founder passes away on April 26th at the age of 86. He receives the award of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, and the rank of Sho-Goi (fifth rank in the imperial court) posthumously.

Kisshomaru Ueshiba

1921Born on June 27th, in Ayabe.

1946Graduates from Waseda University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science.

1948Named the Director of Hombu Dojo and creates the infrastructure of the current organization.

1967Appointed the Chairman of Aikikai Foundation.

1969With the passing of the Founder, Kisshomaru Ueshiba assumes the title of Doshu.

1986He is named the head of Hombu Dojo. In recognition of his contributions to the public good through the development and growth of Aikido, Kisshomaru Doshu receives the Medal with Blue Ribbon of Honor from the Japanese Government.

1995Receives the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure Award from Japanese Government.

1996Appointed Aikikai Foundation Chairman. He also holds many other important positions in the field, International Aikido Federation's President, National Student Aikido Federation's President and Nippon Budokan Foundation's President.

1999Passes away on January 4th, at the age of 77.
Receives the Court Rank of Fifth Grade Senior posthumously from Japanese Government.

Moriteru Ueshiba

1951Born on April 2nd, in Tokyo.

1976Graduates from Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of Economics.

1985Appointed the Executive Director of Aikikai Foundation.

1996Becomes the Chairman of Aikikai Foundation.

1999Assumes the title of Aikido Doshu.


Awarded the Anshetta Medal of Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Appointed Honorary Associate Professor of International Budo University.

2009Awarded the Order of Friendship from the President of Russia.

2010Appointed Professor of special invitation by Kogakkan University.

2012Appointed Chairman of the Aikikai Public Interest Incorporated Foundation after the transition from Aikikai Foundation. 
Awarded the Gold Medal of Valencia Polytechnic University in Spain.

2013Receives the Medal with Blue Ribbon of Honor from the Emperor of Japan.