The Spirit of Aikido

The Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba"The foundation of AIKI is love. It is the embodying spirit of the heaven and earth in one's heart, and the maintaining the great spirit of loving embrace for all, in order to fulfill one's mission, that ought to be the way of the martial art.

AIKI is to win over the self. This does not mean to forfeit the will to fight in the face of the enemy, but to gain absolute self-completion through the removal of all enemies. This is the Way of AIKI.

Furthermore, AIKI is a martial technique in which the law of the universe is taken into the body, in order to attain the higher realm by uniting one's soul and body. This is the process of the Way of AIKI."

- Dohka by the Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)

Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Kis Ueshiba

Second Doshu (Guardian of the Way) came to the position on the passing of his father O’Sensei. He slowly modified the Aikido technique and curriculum and wrote more than twenty books. He had a great influence on the worldwide spread of Aikido sending out Hombu instructors to every continent.

Moriteru Ueshiba

Moriteru Ueshiba

Third Doshu, grandson of O’Sensei became the General Director of the Aikikai Foundation with the passing of his father in 1999. He has toured the world with the intention to preserve the legacy of O’Sensei . At the Hombu at 6:30 each morning, students study Aikido under the Doshu. We had the honour to host his last visit to the UK in Cardiff.

Mitsuteru Ueshiba Waka Sensei

Waka Sensei

Great grandson of the founder, known as Waka Sensei (young teacher). Following the traditional system of succession, Sensei will follow in his father’s footsteps. At present he is Dojo-Cho of Iwama Dojo. He teaches at the Hombu and around the world and visited Cardiff with the Doshu on the JAC course.

Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan

Kanetsuka Shihan

Technical Director of the BAF and official representative of the Hombu in the UK. Kanetsuka Sensei came to the UK in the early 70s and has been supporting Cardiff Shobukan since its founding. Through Kanetsuka Sensei, we have welcomed some of the most senior instructors from Japan.