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History & Background

Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba, was born in Japan on December 14 1883. As a boy, he often saw local thugs beat up his father for political reasons so he set out to make himself strong so that he could take revenge. He devoted himself to hard physical training of the martial arts receiving certificates of mastery in several styles of jujitsu, fencing and spear fighting.

Aikido is rooted in several styles of jujitsu in particular daito ryu-(aiki) jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting arts. It could be said that Aikido takes the joint locks and throws from jujitsu and combines them with the body movements of sword and spear fighting. We must also take into account that many Aikido techniques are the result of Master Ueshiba's own innovation.

Aikido focuses on using an attacker's own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement

Even with all his martial knowledge and strength, he felt very dissatisfied. He began delving into religions in hopes of finding a deeper significance to life, all the while continuing to pursue his studies of budo.



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