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Morihiro Saito, the student of Ueshiba 

A few years after Ueshiba had established his dojo in Iwama, the 18 year old Morihiro Saito sought him out and a lifelong student-teacher relationship began. At the age of 30, Saito was already one of Ueshiba's most used instructors in Iwama Dojo as well as one of the most respected instructors in Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. Morihiro Saito was the only one Ueshiba gave permission to teach weapon techniques. In recognition of Saito Sensei's loyalty, Ueshiba presented him with a piece of land on which he built his house just a few yards from Iwama Dojo and the home of Ueshiba. Shortly before his death in 1969 Ueshiba passed on the responsibility for the dojo and the Aiki Shrine to Morihiro Saito. 

Morihiro Saito carried on the legacy of Ueshiba's aikido 

Morihiro Saito Sensei was a 9th dan Aikikai and among the most prominent and respected instructors in the world. His lifework was to carry on the legacy of traditional aikido as taught by Morihei Ueshiba. Morihiro Saito thoroughly organized the curriculum according to a set of principles called Iwama Ryu (School of Iwama), which he developed. A solid foundation of flawless basic techniques is considered essential to practicing the more advanced techniques. Morihei Saito gave seminars world-wide and between 1973 and 1976 he authored five books on 'Traditional Aikido'. In 1994 Morihiro Saito Sensei started publishing the book set'Takemusu Aikido' and later the book 'Budo', which is a commentary on the 1938 trainingmanual by Morihei Ueshiba. He also released several videos, some covering weapon techniques in aikido. In 1989 he introduced grading in aikido weapons up to 4th dan with certificates, which he himself calligraphed. morihiro saito

Morihiro Saito    

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