Morihei Ueshiba and Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Our article on aikido for this issue of Wushu focuses on Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. As the son of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru succeeded his father as Doshu upon the former’s death in April 1969. As we will see, the role of Kisshomaru Sensei in the postwar development of aikido has been one of extreme importance, and the present image and status of the art both in Japan and abroad is directly related to his efforts.

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