Chronology of the Life of Morihei Ueshiba by Stanley Pranin


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Year Event
[Jigoro Kano establishes the Kano Juku School, the forerunner of the Kodokan.]
1883 Birth of Morihei Ueshiba in Tanabe, Kii Province (Wakayama Prefecture) on December 14.
1901 Moves to Tokyo in September and works in business of relative Koshiro Inoue.
Studies Tenshin Shinyo-ryu Jujutsu under Tokusaburo Tozawa in Tokyo.
Possible brief study of Shinkage-ryu Sword school.
1903 Marries Hatsu Itogawa in Tanabe.
Joins 61st Army Infantry Regiment of Wakayama (late December).
1904 [Beginning of Russo-Japanese War.]
1905 Departure of his regiment to Manchurian Front.
1906 Discharged from Army. Returns to Tanabe.
1908 Receives Yagyu-ryu Jujutsu certificate (probably Goto-ha Yagyu Shingan-ryu) from Masanosuke Tsuboi (or Masakatsu Nakai).
1909 [Kodokan Judo Headquarters established.]
1910 To Hokkaido to evaluate government sponsored land development project. Soon returns to Tanabe.
Supports botanist Kumagusu Minakata in opposing government shrine consolidation policy.
1911 Brief study of judo under Kiyoichi Takagi in Tanabe.
First child, a daughter Matsuko, born.
1912 Heads group of settlers from Kii Province who settle in Aza-Shirataki, Kamiwakibetsu village in Mombetsu County, Hokkaido.
1915 Meets Sokaku Takeda of Daito-ryu Jujutsu in Hisada Inn in Engaru with introduction from Kotaro Yoshida.
Completes first 10-day Daito-ryu seminar (March 5).
1916 Engaged in intensive study of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu.
1917 First son, Takemori, born in July.
1918 Serves as town councilman in Kamiwakibetsu village from June 1918 to April 1919.
1919 Leaves Hokkaido in December due to father’s illness. Turns Shirataki land and property over to his teacher, Sokaku Takeda.
1920 Meets Onisaburo Deguchi of Omoto religion in Ayabe.
Father, Yoroku, dies in January. Arrives home in Tanabe shortly after Yoroku’s death.
Moves to Ayabe, site of Omoto religion, in Kyoto Prefecture, with family.
Opens Ueshiba Juku dojo attached to his residence.
Second son, Kuniharu, born in April.
Oldest son, Takemori, dies in August.
Second son, Kuniharu, dies in September.
1921 [First Omoto incident occurs.]
Third son, Kisshomaru (Koetsu), born in June.
1922 Mother, Yuki, dies.
Sokaku Takeda visits Ayabe with his family to teach and stays from c. 28 April to 15 September.
Receives Kyoju Dairi from Takeda qualifying him as certified Daito-ryu instructor (September).
1924 Goes to Mongolia with Onisaburo Deguchi with goal of establishing a utopian community (February to July).
Captured and held prisoner by Chinese military for plotting overthrow of existing government and narrowly escapes death.
1925 Gives special demonstration in Tokyo for high-ranking military officers and dignitaries.
1926 [Kenji Tomiki begins training.]
1927 Moves to Tokyo with entire family. Establishes temporary dojo in billiard room of Count Shimazu’s mansion in Shiba, Shirogane in Sarumachi.
1928 Moves to Shiba, Tsunamachi, site of temporary dojo.
1929 Moves with family to Shiba, Kuruma-machi, and sets up temporary dojo.
1930 Moves to Shimo-ochiai in Mejiro.
Judo founder Jigoro Kano observes demonstration by Ueshiba in Mejiro dojo and dispatches several students from Kodokan including Minoru Mochizuki to study.
1931 Dedication of Kobukan dojo in Ushigome, Wakamatsu-cho.
Sokaku Takeda teaches seminar from 20 March to 7 April at Kobukan Dojo.
Ueshiba’s name appears in Takeda’s enrollment book.
1932 Budo Senyokai (Society for the Promotion of Martial Arts) is established with Ueshiba as its first head.
[Gozo Shioda enters Kobukan Dojo.]
[Shigemi Yonekawa enters Kobukan Dojo.]


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