About the Founder of Aikido
Born in 1883, Morihei Ueshiba was a life-long martial artist and master of many schools and styles. Standing barely 5 feet tall, there are many pictures and videos of this diminutive man throwing young, powerful students with the ease of a single breath.
The life of O-Sensei is well documented by grateful followers of his teachings and many of his original students are still alive today to recount his great martial prowess and spiritual wisdom.
After a life spent immersed in the fighting arts, O-Sensei had a spiritual renaissance. It is from this metamorphosis that current-day
Aikido was born. Designated the "Art of Peace" by the Founder,
Aikido was meant to transcend violence and preserve harmony throughout the Universe by showing infinite compassion to all living things - even one's enemies.