Daito-Ryu and Omoto: The Two Pillars of Aikido by Stanley Pranin

The figure of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, is an elusive one for chroniclers of martial arts history despite the fact that there are still hundreds of first-hand witnesses to his life and work, including his son and successor, Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Ueshiba’s life, which reads like an adventure novel — unfolded in a cultural and religious setting quite foreign to modern Japanese.

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