History of Aikido

Aikido was founded in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba, O’Sensei (great teacher), 1883-1969. He practiced most of the martial arts of that time and from these he developed Aikido.

Aikido includes throwing techniques, immobilization techniques and weapon arts of the sword and wooden staff. An important part of Aikido training is Ki exercises which develop mind and body co-ordination.

Aikido was first taught outside of Japan in France by Minoru Mochizuki in 1952. Mochizuki was a Budo master who held high ranks in several martial arts and he was an early student of Ueshiba, Jiguro Kano, founder of Judo and Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.

Aikido was first taught in Britain by another Budo and Judo master Kenshiro Abbe in 1955.


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