Kaiso O Sensei
Aikido is a traditional martial art developed by an extraordinary martial artist, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known as O Sensei. Born in Tanabe, Japan, He studied and trained in many of the traditional fighting arts of Japan (Jujitsu, Judo, Kenjutsu and Sojutsu). However, he was troubled with the conflict that arose between martial arts and spiritual training. O Sensei explored ways to resolve this conflict and developed Aikido. A modern Budo based not on destruction but harmonious resolution of conflicts in its varied forms.
Late Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Nidai Doshu
Son of O Sensei, the late Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999) became the 2nd Doshu after O Sensei passed away in 1969. Kisshomaru Ueshiba trained with O Sensei beginning 1937 and over saw the development of Aikikai Hombu since 1948. The 2nd Doshu is best known as the primary force behind the spread and popularization of Aikido throughout the world. Doshu successfully expanded Aikido globally, reaching millions of practitioners.
Moriteru Ueshiba, Sandai Doshu
Born in 1951, Mortieru Ueshiba is the grandson of O Sensei and son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is the third and current Doshu of the Aikikai Foundation and assumed the title of Doshu on 1999 following the passing of his father. Known for his clean and power techniques, Doshu teaches morning class regularly at Hombu Dojo. He also participates in seminars worldwide and published various books and DVDs on Aikido.