Ushiwakamaru

In Aikido Masters the character or story of Ushiwakamaru is mentioned in several of the interviews. The explanatory note, “A story where Yoshitsune, a famous general of the Kamakura period, is challenged by the naginata-wielding monk, Benkei,” does not really enlighten much. Who is this Ushiwakamaru, what is his story, and what significance does his tale have for practitioners of aikido?


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