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There is no other figure who is more influential, not even the Founder Morihei Ueshiba himself. I realize that, for many of the aikido faithful, this will be a shocking statement.
Allow me to elaborate. First of all, aikido is a post-World War Akkido phenomenon.
Morihei Ueshiba and his fledgling martial art were known primarily in martial arts circles, not by the general public, prior to the war. What has become aikido today has been shaped primarily by the Ueshiba family through the auspices of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo system after InKisshomaru assumed operational control of what would become the Aikikai at the tender age of Kisshomaru was thrust into a leadership position for which he was ill-equipped while a university student.
The Aikikai was barely functioning as an entity after the war until around During that period, Kisshomaru was simply attempting to hold the remnants of the aikido structure together until better times, without much thought to the future direction of the art. In fact, he was obliged to hold down a full-time job in a securities company to support himself and the rundown Aikikai dojo. Later on, as aikido began to gather some attention among the general public, it was Kisshomaru, in consultation with a group of elders and peers, who gradually began shaping the policies that would lead to a steady, if not spectacular, growth of aikido.
The Aikikai adopted a series of measures starting in the late s that would soon ensure its success. This included the establishment of a growing network of branch dojos, and aikido clubs in universities and businesses all over Japan.
Furthermore, the Aikikai dispatched a stream of Japanese instructors loyal to the mother organization to key locations in major foreign countries. Many of them in turn created large aikido organizations abroad. Kisshomaru and Koichi Tohei also published a series of books in the early s that appeared in English and other European languages.
These works presented a technical and theoretical framework of aikido to a worldwide audience qikido established the Aikikai as the central authority of the art. O-Sensei was rather irascible by nature and often critical of Aikikai teaching practices.
Consequently, he was largely marginalized and encouraged to absent himself from the Hombu.
He spent much of his time traveling to meet with friends and students, and at his country home in Iwama. In this way, he would be less of an impediment to the smooth operation of the dojo. Obviously, I am focusing on the Aikikai worldwide network which dwarfs the many smaller aikido organizations that exist in size and influence.
Taken collectively, the Aikikai organization consists of several tens of thousands of schools spread over all but the smallest countries of the globe. The administrative policies of the Aikikai were formulated and fine-tuned by Kisshomaru and his advisers over the years.
This includes the dan ranking procedures and accompanying fee structures which constitute the main revenue stream of the organization. In the s and 90s, Kisshomaru developed an accommodating stance toward the acceptance of outside organizations into the Aikikai fold. This included the re-integration of groups that had earlier split with the Aikikai at the time of the resignation of Koichi Tohei in This is a policy for which he has been justifiably praised. Another sphere of influence in which Kisshomaru was dominant is the shaping of the image of his father, Morihei Ueshiba, for general consumption.
This was accomplished by expunging most of the esoteric Shinto imagery that Morihei used in his speeches and lectures. In some cases, authorship was even attributed to Morihei himself. Professor John Stevens has translated and edited most of these publications in English. At that time, he was a bespectacled 42 year old, with a quiet and unassuming manner. He taught and demonstrated in a matter-of-fact way with little explanation.
Interview with Morihei Ueshiba and Kisshomaru Ueshiba
Alkido about him was flamboyant or overstated. I had periodical contact with Kisshomaru over the next 36 years and watched him transform into a dignified, paternal figure. Within the Aikikai, he became an object of reverence, always to be accompanied by a doting entourage.
This august mantle was inherited by his son and present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, and will no doubt be passed in due course to his son Mitsuteru. Morihei had a vast Universal view of the possibility of movement interaction, and human survival that went beyond a few techniques and one that that was not limited, strictured or put into a box of limitations. Indeed survival cannot be so limited. We must never forget that his antecedents used aiki jutsu for survival of life and death circumstances.
Indeed, so have people of present times been enabled to survive death dealing attacks, some armed, some by multiple attackers, and other anomalous criminal assaults, and survived because of sound training principles imparted by good Aikido teachers, often kisshomari the Aikido to enable survival.
Evolution is ever changing in accordance to the demands of real necessity. Some people are fortunate that they never meet real necessity to survive life and death so jisshomaru an opinionated view of things, and sadly Budo, does not escape this dumbing down. There are cycles where any Budo becomes a mere dance, but serves to preserve the art.
These are followed by cycles of dire necessity where too much fire can often be present. All contributors, in some way, serve the evolution of an art.
Of course, all contributors in the evolution of an art must be acknowledged and thanked, even if in some ways they drift at a tangent not consistent with the rigours of reality.
Each contribution adds value to an art and has merit from the perspective of they reality they experienced, even if limited or or in some ways biased. But we must clarify the definition of what is meant by the Do of Ai and Ki. Is it a health club? Is it a social experience? Is it a way for making money?
Who were the Shapers of Postwar Aikido? by Stanley Pranin – Aikido Journal
Is it a political party? Is it a Way to serve and uplift humanity? Can it lessen harm and suffering? Can it make you more complete as a human being? Is it a personal journey of transformation and self mastery? Can it be any of many other things? Perhaps Aikido partakes of all of these attributes and even more. But we must never forget that its original roots are firmly grounded in survival, the nitty gritty defence ability when required.
Life on earth is being made more tenuous by man, each day. How is Aikido now contributing to our continuation as a species? I would not normally publish a comment such as this.
I have left it as is except for the obscenity. Except for Koichi Tohei, all of those you list are younger than Kisshomaru Ueshiba. It would be interesting for you to elaborate and provide support for your assertions. I stick by my argument as it is based entirely on first-hand information from eye witnesses.
Ever heard of Morihiro Saito Sensei? You and everyone else for that matter should try Iwama Aikido under Sensei Hitohiro Saito now, experience it and maybe be enlightened. I tried it and it opened my eyes to a whole new perspective.
Now to answer the question posted for this topic. I used to practice Aikikai before. It might give cause for reflection of your position. If you disagree with the positions stated in the article, please outline your opinions and support your arguments. When I was retiring from the military, and getting ready to leave Japan, there were a few parties thrown for me. I let people know that my intentions had been all along to learn really high quality Aikido to bring back to Florida and disseminate through the southeast.
Inagaki-Sawa Sensei was very proud to have grown up in Iwama and to have been promoted to nidan when he was The techniques felt exactly the same as what Saito Sensei was teaching up in Iwama and Hitohiro Saito Sensei was teaching in Yoyogi Uehara which was 3 or 4 stops south of Shinjuku station on the Odakyu Line. With the reaction from these people I was certain that I had achieved that goal. Unfortunately, I could not practice the Iwama Style often enough and Nishio Sensei was teaching on a circuit I could follow on many nights of the week.
What he was teaching was also very strong and reliable, but very different in execution. As I progressed, the path to black belt went through Nishio Sensei; there was no particular preference cause I loved both styles. Nishio Sensei held tests regularly and quarterly at multiple locations. That was where I got the most practice, so that was the route I took. I continue to teach my beginners the Iwama Style cause I want them to have that great foundation before I blow their minds with the Nishio techniques.
This is a most interesting article and in all agrees with all the information I have been getting from many persons I talked to in Iwama through the years.
Biography of Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Second Doshu of Aikido –
All of these I talk about had first hand experience of the Founder and of Kisshomaru Sensei. Since I am no historian, I do not have a system for labeling these people. Also some information was from people whose name I never knew or was too difficult to remember and now have passed away.
But they were eager to talk about their experiences and leave some information behind. Where did they really come from? But it will only offend those who do not research, understandable, too.
Aikido practitioners, specially teachers, should take some time to study, to read, to talk to others seriously and, especially, to listen. Some information we learn about people whom we had such a high ideal of, may compromise our sympathy and admiration for them, but at the same time, makes them human. They are still important to us and to aikido history, but human. That the Founder was a martial genius is not to be doubted, I think. But the art was propagated by others using his name.