Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei)
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was the founder of Aikido.
During his youth he trained in several traditional Japanese Martial Arts.
Later in his life his strong interest in spiritual practices led him to profound spiritual realizations.
By mid-life, O Sensei (Great Teacher) had become famous throughout Japan for his "magical", and invincible martial skills.
At the height of WWII, O Sensei became disillusioned with the futality of war, believing that a true "Budo" (Martial Way)
was for the respect and preservation of life. A way of Peace, not of war.
O Sensei then retired from public life and moved
to the village of Iwama, in the Japanese country side, to continue his practice in solitude. It was during these years that
O Sensei transformed his Art into Aikido, a martial art founded on the spiritual principles of Love, Peace, and Harmony.
It was O Sensei's wish that Aikido be a gift for the whole world.