O-Sensei Absorbed in Intensive Training

The dojo at Iwama, referred to by 0’Sensei and others as the “Aiki shrine”, is situated in Ibaragi Prefecture and is Ueshiba Sensei’s residence. There 0’Sensei bought a little less than an acre of wooded land where, initially, during the period of 1940-41, he built a temporary house among the pine trees. However, it was not until the year of Japan’s defeat that he retired there to concentrate on further training. It was at that time that the ideal “Let us perfect the Way” became established as the main objective of Aikido.

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