Kanshu Sunadomari


Kanshū Sunadomari (砂泊カン秀) was born in 1923 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. In his teens, he became an uchideshi of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. His live-in apprenticeship under the founder took place during World War II, and he also spent a brief period at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo after the war. In 1961, at the age of 38, Sunadomari received the rank of 9th [dan]. Sunadomari dedicated himself to the teaching of aikido in his native Kyūshū and opened up the Manseikan dojo (万生館) on the premises of the Tetori Shrine (手取神社)in the heart of Kumamoto City.

Sunadomari comes from a family of devout believers in Omoto, the religion on which Ueshiba based the spiritual underpinnings of aikido, and the Sunadomari family maintained a close relationship with the founder until his death. Kanemoto Sunadomari (elder brother of Kanshu) studied under the founder in the early 1930's and published the first biography of the Founder in 1969 entitled Aikido Kaiso Morihei Ueshiba. A newer version of this book was later published under the title Bu no Shinjin. Fukiko (Mitsue) Sunadomari (elder sister of Kanshu) was a close personal confidante of the founder until his death and was also a high ranking practioner of aikido.

After Ueshiba's death in 1969, Sunadomari founded his own independant style in Kumamoto City and began his further study of the spirit of aikido. In 1999, he renamed his style Aiki Manseidō (合氣万生道) symbolizing his conviction to help spread world peace by transmitting the spirit of the the founder across the world through physical technique. Practitioners of his style recite the Spirit of Aikido (合気道の精神) before begining each practice. Sunadomari is known for his emphasis on kokyu ryoku (breath power; 呼吸力) and his extremely soft and powerful technique. He has written several books, most of which have never been translated from their original Japanese. In 2004, his book Enlightenment through Aikido (Aikido de satoru, 合気道で悟る) became the first to be released in English translation.

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Gozo Shioda


Gozo Shioda (塩田剛三) (September 9, 1915 - July 17, 1994), is a Japanese aikido teacher and the founder of Yoshinkan style of aikido.

Shioda was a student of judo while young, and after being easily thrown by Morihei Ueshiba after a demonstration, became his student in 1932. He also studied aikijujutsu. He has become known as one of the more "fiery" or "vigorous" people of aikido history. In 1961 he was awarded a 9th dan rank by Ueshiba.

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Budo : Aikido Shioda

"Tha man who was called as god of martial arts" Japanese TV program

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Shioda Gozo no kamiwaza

Movie "Kamiwaza Aikido"


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Moriteru Ueshiba


Moriteru Ueshiba (植芝守央 Ueshiba Moriteru) (born April 2, 1951) is the third and current Aikido Doshu. He was born in 1951 in Tokyo and assumed the title of doshu on January 4, 1999 following the death of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is a grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He graduated from Meiji Gakuin University with a degree in economics. He assumed the position of dojocho (道場長) or director of Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1986 and in 1996 became chairman of the Aikikai Foundation.

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Aikido 3rd Doshu Duisburg 2005

Kisshomaru Ueshiba


Kisshomaru Ueshiba (植芝 吉祥丸 Ueshiba Kisshōmaru; June 27, 1921-January 4, 1999) was the third son of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He was born in Ayabe, in the prefecture of Kyoto, Japan. Kisshomaru was Doshu (roughly translated as "keeper" or "guardian of the Way") of aikido from his father's death in 1969 until his own death in 1999. Since being succeeded by his son, Moriteru Ueshiba, he is often referred to as second doshu.

Kisshomaru graduated from Waseda University with a degree in economics. He is often given credit for being the primary force behind the spread and popularization of aikido throughout the world.

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Aikido Exhibition de Sensei

Enbu; Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Kisaburo Osawa, Kunio Iimura and Seigo Yamaguchi

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Mitsugi Saotome


Mitsugi Saotome Shihan (born c. 1937, Japan) is an Aikido teacher currently living in the United States. He is a master in the martial art of Aikido. Saotome Shihan is a direct disciple (jikideshi - 直弟子) of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei).

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Morihiro Saito


Morihiro Saito (斎藤守弘) (March 31, 1928 - May 13, 2002) was an aikido teacher with many students around the world. He began his aikido training under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, in Iwama in 1946 after having practiced some kendo, judo and karate. Although other students such as Koichi Tohei trained with Ueshiba for more years than Saito did, Saito's work allowed him to train almost as an uchideshi, for long periods as the only student. From 1946 until Ueshiba’s passing in 1969, Saito Sensei served as Ueshiba's assistant in a variety of ways at Iwama while his wife served Mrs. Ueshiba. During Saito sensei’s period as a deshi he taught classes in the Iwama dojo. Before his death Ueshiba gave Morihiro Saito the responsibility of carrying on the teaching at the Iwama dojo and also the position of caretaker of the Aiki Jinja located in Iwama. Morihiro Saito died on 2002-05-13 of cancer.

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Old Japanese Kendo Aikido Sword Demonstration

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Hitohiro Saito


Aikido master Hitohiro Saito (斎藤 仁弘; Saitō Hitohiro) is the son and successor of Morihiro Saito. Hitohiro was born at 12 February 1957 and raised in the dojo of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. At age of seven, he started to learn Aikido from Ueshiba who cared for him as a grandson. After Ueshiba died in 1969, he continued his practice with his father. Saito became official instructor of the Iwama dojo in 1986 and remained so until 2004 the year he separated from the Aikikai organization, and formed his own group called Iwama Shin Shin Aikishuren Kai. Years before his father's death, Hitohiro took over the main work at the founders' dojo and Shrine of Aiki "Aiki Jinja", thus relieving his aging father of the great amount of work required in running the dojo. His father spent his last years taking care of the vegetable gardens and travelling abroad for seminars. The main teaching of the dojo was passed to master Hitohiro's hands and remained so until 2004.

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Katsuaki Asai


Katsuaki Asai (b. 1942-02-18, Tokyo) is a Japanese aikido master. A former student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba he currently represents the Aikikai in Germany.

He started aikido practice at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1955 at the age of thirteen and continued training while studying at the Meiji University. In 1965, aged only 23, he was dispatched to West Germany by Kisshomaru Ueshiba as a representant of the Hombu Dojo. Based first in Münster, he directed the aikido section of the Deutscher Judo Bund (The German Judo federation) from 1965 to 1966. However, deeply dissatisfied by the marginal role left to aikido by the judo management, he left the federation and founded in 1967, Aikikai Deutschland, an independent aikido organization in Germany. In 1972, he moved his central dojo to Düsseldorf. He is currently a member of the International Aikido Federation, holds the rank of 8th dan and the title of shihan.

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AIKIDO Katsuaki Asai, Sensei, 8. Dan

AIKIDO Hiroshi Tada, Sensei, 9. Dan - Katsuaki Asai, Sensei,8. Dan

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Christian Tissier


Christian Tissier (born 1951 in Paris, France) is one of the most well-known European aikido teachers. He started training in aikido as a child in 1962, and trained under Mutsuro Nakazono in Paris until he left for Tokyo in 1969. He came to Aikikai Hombu Dojo as an 18 year old, and trained there for seven years. Among the teachers that have inspired him are Seigo Yamaguchi, Kisaburo Osawa and the second doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba.

He received 7th dan in 1998, and is among the handful of westerners who have been given the title Shihan by the Aikikai.

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Mitsunari Kanai


Mitsunari Kanai (1938-2004), was an aikido teacher born in Japan, who spent most part of his teaching career in the US. He was an 8th dan teacher with the title shihan in the organisation Aikikai.

Kanai was one of the last group of uchi-deshi under the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. He entered the Aikikai in 1958 as an uchi-deshi at Hombu Dojo. He came to the United States in 1966 as a 4th dan and subsequently founded the New England Aikikai, currently located off of Porter Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was instrumental in the early development of Aikido in the United States and Canada, and taught seminars widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He was one of the founders and a Technical Director of both the USAF and the CAF.

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Kanai Sensei 1999 part 1

Kanai Sensei 1999 part 2

Hiroshi Kato


Hiroshi Kato (加藤弘 Kato Hiroshi , born in Tokyo,1935) is a world renowned Aikido Master (8th Dan). He lives in Tokyo,Japan and travels around the world to spread his knowledge about the Art of Aikido. Sensei Kato is a former student of Morihei Ueshiba. Since 1975, Sensei Kato has been teaching in his Dojo "Suginami Aikikai" (affiliated to Aikikai World Headquarters) located in the Ogikubo district and has over 100 committed students.

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Aikido - Hiroshi Kato - Basics Ikkyo

Aikido - Hiroshi Kato Shihan

Seminário de Kato Sensei em Niterói - AABB


Seminário de Kato Sensei em Niterói - AABB - II


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Seishiro Endo


Seishiro Endo (b. 6 Sept. 1943, Nagano) is a Japanese aikido master who presently holds the rank of 8th dan Aikikai.

From 1967, he studied aikido at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Today Endo holds regular classes at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and conducts Rikuyokai (Sunday practice) at Gakushuin University dojo, Tokyo. He also holds numerous seminars in various dojos throughout Japan. Overseas seminars are held every year in France, Sweden, Finland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and Spain.

In 1993 Endo Sensei constructed Aikido Saku Dojo in his hometown.

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Hiroshi Ikeda


Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (born 1950, Tokyo) is the founder of Boulder Aikikai, and the owner of Bujin Design, a martial arts supply company. He holds the rank of 7th dan, awarded by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan in the Aikido World Federation.

Ikeda began studying Aikido in 1968 while attending college at Kokugakin University in Tokyo. He relocated to Sarasota, Florida in 1976, and taught there under Saotome Sensei from 1978-1979. Then, in 1980, he moved to Boulder to establish a dojo there under Saotome's organization, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba.

He currently lives in Boulder, where operates both his dojo and his company. He also travels frequently to conduct seminars both in the United States and abroad.

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Hiroshi Ikeda - Koshinage (Slow Motion)

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Tadashi Abe


Tadashi Abe (1926 - November 23, 1984) was the first aikido master to live and teach in the west. He began Aikido in Osaka in 1942 and went on to train directly under the founder of the art Morihei Ueshiba at Iwama. In 1952, after graduating in law from Waseda University, he moved to France where he both studied law at the Sorbonne, and also taught aikido as a 6th Dan representative of Aikikai Honbu. After seven years he returned to Japan.

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A 1952 film clip featuring Koichi Tohei Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Tadashi Abe

Seiseki Abe


Seiseki Abe (b. 1915, Osaka) is a famous Japanese shodo and aikido master who had an unique relationship with aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba being both his student in aikido but his teacher in calligraphy[1].

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