How Aikido was Evolved by Morihei Ueshiba
Morihei Ueshiba founded the Art of Aikido. O Sensei (great teacher), as he is called was not much of a manly specimen to begin with. He was sickly as a child, and somewhat sporadic, even flakey in his training efforts.
In 1915 the first stage of training in the life of the founder of Aikido commenced. He discovered Takeda Sokaku, who some call the last real samurai, who was the reviver of Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu. From 1915 to 1937 Morihei Ueshiba dedicated his life to mastering this ancient art and learning the moves that would result in Aikido techniques.
The second stage in the training of the founder of the Art of Aikido occurred when he encountered Onisaburo Deguchi. Onisaburo was the leader of the Omoto kyo religion. Omoto Kyo (Great Source) advocates shinto spirituality and the achievement of spirituality through the achievement of personal virtue.
The Art of Aikido could be said to have officially been born when Morihei Ueshiba experienced personal enlightenment in 1925. He had a duel with a navel officer in which he defeated the fellow without harming him by using Aikido moves. Afterwards, walking through the garden, he experienced a golden glow that sprang from the earth and was divine in nature.
The Art of Aikido received a massive boost in 1942 while Morihei Ueshiba was practicing ritual purification. I forgot all the martial techniques I had ever learned. Now they were vehicles for the cultivation of life, knowledge and virtue.
The final stage, in the development in the Art of Aikido came about in 1942, during the height of the World War 2. The Way of the Warrior is not a means to kill and destroy others.To smash, injure, destroy, is the worst thing a human being can do.
These are the five stages 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. From a means to defend with violence, to a method whereby one understands his opponent’s basest motivations.
Do you hate and feel rage, live a low life of base emotional problems? The way out of this dilemma is through personal evolution, not through the breaking of faces and shotgunning of lives. This is the Art of Aikido, and it is an Art that should be spread to the world.
This is the art the world should be studying: Aikido…the Way of Harmony in the Spirit.