Here you will learn all about the Aikido Hombu Dojo, which is the central focal point for thousands of Aikido students around the world.
Aikido is a Budo (martial art) that was created by Master Morihei Ueshiba, who is known to his followers as O'Sensei (great teacher).
After the Founder's passing in 1969, his son Kisshomaru became Aikido Doshu. Moriteru, grandson of the Founder, is the current Aikido Doshu.
The Aikikai Foundation was founded to preserve and promote the ideals of the true Aikido created by the Founder. It was officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, and is the parent organization for the development and expansion of Aikido.
The Hombu is known as Aikikai Foundation Aikido World Headquarters, and located in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is a five story dojo that includes 3 separate training areas totalling 250 tatami mats.
With the support and dedication of 1,000's of people from many countries, the Aikido Hombu Dojo stands at the centre of the Aikido world. Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu continues to pass on the spirit of Aikido.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was born on December 14 in Tanabe city, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In 1912 he moved to Hokkaido Prefecture, met and began his training in Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujitsu with Sokaku Takeda.
In 1919 he met and began his spiritual
study with Onisaburo Deguchi of the Omoto Sect in Ayabe, Kyoto. In
1927 Morihei moved to Tokyo with his family and began teaching the
Way of Aiki.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999) was born on June 27, in Ayabe, Japan. In 1956 he gave his 1st demonstration and began teaching Aikido to the general public. In 1957 he published the book AIKIDO, and in 1969 assumed the title of Aikido Doshu.
Moriteru Ueshiba (1951-) was born on April 2, in Tokyo. In 1996 he became the General Director of the Hombu Dojo, and in 1999 assumed the title of Aikido Doshu.
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The Aiki Shrine is an Omoto shrine located in Iwama,
Ibaragi Prefecture. It was built in the early 1960s by Morihei Ueshiba
to symbolize his belief in aikido as a spiritual discipline.
It is the site of a yearly ceremony presided over by Omoto priests held on April 29 in commemoration of the founders death in 1969.
An older shrine, which is no longer in use and built before 1943, stands behind the present structure. Morihiro Saito was the shrine's guardian from 1969 until his death in 2002.
The present Doshu
Moriteru Ueshiba now assumes this title.