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This exciting video features spectacular 1930s "pre-war" footage of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the founder of aikido! It contains a fascinating collection of film of O-Sensei performing the techniques of aikido in the masterful style he was famous for.
Aikido was developed in the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title O Sensei which means Great Teacher).
Even as a young man, he was a prominent martial artist, a master of the sword, the staff, the spear, and the art of Ju-Jutsu.
Yet O Sensei was very bothered by the idea of victory over others. “The only true victory is over oneself’’ he always claimed.
After years of technical cultivation, and a strong spiritual drive, the art of Aikido was born.
“The secret of Aikido’’ , he wrote,“ is to harmonize with the universe, bring peace to our hearts, and thus to our world.”