About Aikido's Founder
The Founder of Aikido, Moriheie Ushiba, was someone, probably like yourself, seeking to be at peace no matter what the circumstances. To those who practice Aikido, he is known as O Sensei (Great Teacher).
Born in 1883 in the Japanese city of Tanabe, O Sensei made a lifetime study of the martial arts. Stories abound of his superhuman feats and magical powers. Although he gained a reputation of being virtually unbeatable, he was, at the same time, profoundly troubled with the conflict that arose between his martial skills and his spiritual training.He felt that winning at someone else's expense was not really winning and that true victory was victory over the conflict within ourselves. The result was the birth of Aikido, an entirely new martial art based not on destruction, but on harmonious resolution of conflict in all its varied forms.
"A mind to serve for the peace of all human beings in the world is needed in Aikido, and not the mind of one who wishes to be strong or who practices only to fell an opponent…
Aikido is not a technique to fight and defeat an enemy. It is a way toreconcile the world and make human beings one family."
- O Sensei