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Aikido finds its true shape 

Aikido has passed through several stages as Ueshiba himself evolved – from the Daito Ryu-inspired techniques of the 1930’s to the aikido we know today. In 1927 Ueshiba founded Hombu Dojo (the headquarters) in Tokyo, but during the Second World War he moved to the village Iwama, north of Tokyo. Here he synthesized his life’s training, both spiritually and technically, into the aikido practiced today. It was also in Iwama Dojo that Ueshiba perfected the basic techniques of aikido and regularly taught weapon techniques using bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff), which also form the foundation for the body techniques in aikido. During this phase of his life in Iwama, the founder also formulated the concept of Takemusu Aiki, that is, the spontaneous execution of infinite techniques in a manner completely appropriate to the specific circumstance.                                                                    

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 The founder of aikido 

Morihei Ueshiba was born in 1883 in Tanabe, Japan. His father was descended from a samurai clan and renowned for his superior martial arts techniques. Ueshiba’s mother was distantly related to the Takeda- clan, who for generations had been the masters and teachers of the Daito Ryu Jujutsu system. Training within this system was exclusively for the samurai elite.

The head of the clan,Sakaku Takeda, started teaching people outside this elite at the end of the 19th century.                                                   sakaku takeda

Ueshiba’s early years 

As a youth, Morihei Ueshiba was sent to the local Shingon Buddhist temple and was taught the styles of several different sumo schools.

As a young teenager Morihei Ueshiba practiced different styles of jujutsu and kenjutsu.He started learning Tenjin Jujutsu

and Yagyu Ryu Jujutsu, and later also Daito Ryu Jujutsu –

the style that has had the greatest influence on the development of aikido.

In 1922 Ueshiba was given a “kyoju dairi”-certificate, which granted him the official status of a Daito Ryu Jujutsu instructor.

In his first dojo in the town of Ayabe, Ueshiba mainly taught members of the Omote religion.  

 

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Aikido and the Omote religion

Morihei Ueshiba, who had a strong connection to the Omote religion, argued that the contemporary martial arts lacked a philosophical and spiritual dimension. They were developed during times of war and strife and focused entirely on the technical fight and defeating the opponent. Inspired by the Omote religion, Ueshiba’s assumption was that everything on the Earth is universal, thus being innately divine. That we are all unique and independent individuals while at the same time parts of a coherent consciousness.From this philosophy, Morihei Ueshiba developed a budo system which through perfect timing allows you to become part of the attack, so you may assume control thus neutralizing the contradiction inherent in the struggle. This spiritual foundation of aikido can be experienced directly during the daily training.A significant element of the exercise is the physical contact with the attacker, which practices and strengthens the ability to remain unaffected by this attack, even as the attack is neutralized.

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is through the perfect technique of  the Aikido, that

the universal laws of life are understood” Morihei Ueshiba

 A New Budo 

Aikido is derived from the ancient Japanese martial arts jujutsu, kenjutsu, bojutsu and judo. These martial arts were aimed at close combat and defeating the opponent. The Japanese samurais of that time honed their technical skills to perfection. These perfected skills became the foundation for the new budo developed by Morihei Ueshiba but permeated by the philosophy that all living beings are unique and independent individuals while at the same time identical to the all-pervasive universal energy. By transforming the perfected martial arts techniques of the samurais through the philosophy of universal energy a new budo emerged. 

 The triangle: 'Iku-Musubi' is representative of the dynamic energy of the 'ki-flow'-dimension and symbolic of the physical stance used in aikido, 'hanmi' (half body), which is an extremely vital and also balanced stance. The technical aspect of the triangle is the ability to integrate into an attack in the right angle and position through perfect timing. 

 The circle: 'Taru-Musubi' is representative of the perfection of fluid movement and symbolic of unification and the eternal flow of energy. The technical aspect of the circle is attuning your own movements and center of balance to those of your opponent.

 The square: 'Tamatsume-Musubi' is representative of the basic, material dimension, and symbolic of grounding and stability. The technical aspects of the square are controlling and absorbing the energy from an attack and transforming it into a strengthened defense.

 

These three symbols are the three pillars of aikido and each of them represents a significant aspect of the universal energy. United they are the epitome of energy, thus being the essence of aikido behind the techniques. Technically, they represent the perfect defense: through harmonious movements to simultaneously evade and enter into the attack, thus gaining the initiative and the ability to control the attack and thereby the attacker.

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