Video: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba at the 1993 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

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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  1. Dolorès MOUT HAM says:

    Wow ! what speed and elegance !…thank you so much for this video, I had great pleasure watching it !..

  2. toni rodrigues says:

    Hi Stan. I think among the four ukes i recognized Sugawara Sensei and Kanazawa Sensei. I also believe a third one to be Yasuno Sensei and i think i never saw one of them (the “bald” one). Can you confirm?

    • Toni,

      I’ll defer to those training in Japan at the Hombu Dojo now. I’m not really up on the names of the younger generation of instructors. My research was focused on the earlier generations.

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