The Founder of
Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was one of the
foremost martial artists of his time and is known
among his followers as O'Sensei ("Great Teacher").
After decades of studying traditional samurai war
arts, he attained spiritual enlightenment, recognizing
the illusory nature of victory based on destroying the
other. This led him to develop Aikido, an art that
affirms and cultivates trust and love among human beings.
"In the Art of Peace, we never attack. An attack is proof
that one is out of control... To injure an opponent is
to injure oneself. To control aggression without inflicting
injury—that is Aikido."
— Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei
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