O Sensei - Morihei Ueshiba

Founder of Aikido

"Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win."

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei

Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba who is also known as O'Sensei, in the early 1900s. Aikido was formed based on traditional Japanese martial arts which O'Sensei learnt when he was young. O'Sensei was born on the 14th of December 1883.

During the Second World War, Aikido was one of the martial arts allowed to be taught in Japan as Aikido promotes non-violence, peace and harmony. Throughout the years, Aikido has gone through many evolutions from the day Aikido first began to this present day. Back in the early days Aikido was based on physical strength then Ki ( energy ) then finally spiritually. Philosophically, Aikido was developed with a committed resolution to peace and harmony.