Moriteru Ueshiba is the grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, who is the founder of the Japanese martial art Aikido. Moriteru is currently the international leader of the Aikikai Foundation.
Moriteru was born in Tokyo on the 2nd of April 1951. He is the Second son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba, grandson of Morihei, and the third heir to Aikido.
In 1976 he graduated in economics from Meiji Gakuin University. In 1986 he was appointed Dojo-Cho or Director of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. In 1996 he Became the General Director of the Hombu Dojo, and in 1999 he assumed the title of Aikido Doshu.
He brings to this position a life full of training experience and instruction. The Aikido world has high expectations that, under his leadership, Aikido will continue to grow and expand in fulfillment of O-Sensei’s dream.
Moriteru Travels frequently to many countries around the world, and conducts seminars and gives demonstrations.
Moriteru Ueshiba is head of the largest Aikido organisation in the world, with millions of students all over the globe. His style is similar to his father's, fast, flowing, and harmonious... it is beautiful to watch!
The art of Aikido has spread to Eastern Europe, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the U.S.A.
The Founder said it was more important to harmonize with people than to win by depending on power, switching the purpose of training from skills for fighting, to harmony.
Aikido is based on circular movement, entering, quietness, and immovable posture. There is no conflict on the path to self realisation.
Moriteru has been following the path laid out with many people’s support. He will continue to strive towards creating the spirit of harmony, eliminating the division of country, race, and religion and to make an effort to have Aikido appreciated by large numbers of people.
He is preparing his own son Mitsuteru Ueshiba for the position of next Doshu to carry on this enormous responsibility as head of Aikikai Hombu. He is already acting Dojo-Cho, who runs the dojo/owns the dojo, and in many cases is also the chief instructor.
The Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan has many very senior instructors who teach there on a regular basis. This is one of the reasons that many aikidoka from around the world travel to visit for training.