The Art of Aikido and the Five Steps of Morihei Ueshiba

The Art of Aikido

The Art of Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba. O Sensei was not much of a manly specimen to begin with. He was sickly and weak, and somewhat sporadic, even flakey in his training efforts.

baguaIn 1915 marked the first stage of training in the life of the founder of Aikido. He discovered Takeda Sokaku, who was the reviver of Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu. From 1915 to 1937 Morihei Ueshiba dedicated his life to mastering this ancient martial art and learning the concepts that would result in Aikido techniques.

The second stage in the training of the founder of the Art of Aikido occurred when Morihei encountered Onisaburo Deguchi. Onisaburo was the head of the Omoto kyo religious movement. Omoto Kyo (Great Source) is a system of shinto spirituality and the achievement of spirituality through the achievement of personal virtue.

The Art of Aikido could be said to have officially been started when O Sensei experienced personal enlightenment in 1925. He had a duel with a navel officer in which he defeated the fellow by using Aikido moves. Afterwards, stopping at a well to pour water over his head, he experienced a golden glow that sprang from the earth and was divine in nature.

o sensei

Still the mind and expose the soul!

The Art of Aikido received a massive boost in 1942 while Morihei Ueshiba was practicing Misogi, which is ritual purification.

“Around 2am as I was performing misogi, I suddenly forgot all the martial techniques I had ever learned. The techniques of my teachers appeared completely new. Now they were vehicles for the cultivation of life, knowledge, and virtue, not devices to throw people with.”

The final stage, in the development in the Art of Aikido came about during the height of the World War 2.

“The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.”

These are the five stages in the development of Aikido martial arts, and they stretch from war to religion to inspiration. In the reality of combat, from techniques to maim and destroy to techniques whereby one joins with his opponent.

Do you dislike your fellow man? Maybe even feel rage and live a low life of base emotional problems? The way to fix this is through spiritual evolution, not through the breaking of faces and shotgunning of lives. This is the Art of Aikido, and it is an Art that is divine in nature.

morihei ueshiba


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