This is a video clip of the present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, from the time when he was still known as “Wakasensei,” or “Young Master.” This was prior to his becoming the Third Doshu following the passing of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, in 1999.
Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei was groomed from a young age to eventually become aikido’s leader as a successor of the family bloodline. His aikido training began in earnest following his graduation from Meiji University. For many years, he trained at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the general classes with other practitioners. As he matured, Moriteru Sensei was assigned more responsibilities, and eventually became the Dojo-cho, at which time he was able to assist the Second Doshu in fulfilling various administration functions.
In this demonstration, as Dojo-cho, Moriteru Sensei performs a flowing demonstration of aikido techniques, typifying the style of the art developed by his father. His presentation is highly polished and his ukes’ falls are often times acrobatic in nature. Many aikido practitioners the world over strive to emulate this style of aikido technique as the official standard promoted by the Hombu Dojo.
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