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The Aikikai Foundation is the original organisation for the Japanese budo art aikido, officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940. It describes itself as "the parent organization for the development and popularisation of aikido throughout the world", although there are several offshoots whose arts all are named aikido. The Aikikai is often referred to as an umbrella organisation for various national and other aikido organisations. Its headquarters, Aikikai Hombu Dojo is located in Tokyo.

After the passing of Morihei Ueshiba, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba took over the leadership of the organisation. Current leader of the Aikikai is the grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba . This system that the heir of a martial arts school or system should be the son, either natural or adopted for the sake of succession, was common in koryu (old) budo and is referred to as iemoto.

Aikikai is also often referred to as an 'aikido style', although aikido within the Aikikai technically can be very different. The students of Morihei Ueshiba each had their own interpretation of his art, and in many cases other influences as well. This is reflected in the technical diversity within the organisation.






Group photo at special Doshu Practice