The Creation of Aikido

Concentrating once again of teaching martial arts Master Ueshiba increased his proficiency to a high level, this gained him a great deal of popularity and renown throughout Japan. As a result of this he came to the attention of a number of notable, prominent figures in the Japanese military

In particular he came to know the martial arts enthusiast Admiral Isamu Takeshita. It was Takeshita who was instrumental in the promotion of Master Ueshibas’ art and saw to his relocation to Tokyo in 1927 and thus the installation of his dojo. In 1930 Master Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, visited Master Ueshiba .

So impressed was he that he sent some of his best students to practice the art. Within a year of this, Master Ueshiba opened Kobukan Dojo where he taught his technique Aiki Budo, this place would later become the Honbu (, meaning Headquarters) of Aikido. In 1940 Aikido was officially recognised as a martial art by the Japanese government.

Then two years later Master Ueshiba moved his residence to Iwama opening Aiki Shuren Dojo. It was here that he further developed the techniques and practices which can be recognised today in modern Aikido. In 1969 Master Ueshiba died leaving behind him a great legacy.

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