Videos of teachers

Ueshiba family

Aikido styles

Ueshiba family

Morihei Ueshiba
Morihei Ueshiba, O’ Sensei

Morihei Ueshiba, O’ Sensei

The founder of Aikido.

Portrait of Kisshomaru Ueshiba
Kisshomaru Ueshiba, 2nd Doshu

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, 2nd Doshu

Son of Morihei Ueshiba

Portrait of Moriteru Ueshiba
Moriteru Ueshiba, 3rd Doshu

Moriteru Ueshiba, Current Doshu

Grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Ueshiba family portrait
Mitsoteru sensei with father Kisshomaru and son Hiroteru

Mitsuteru Ueshiba, Waka-Sensei

Great-grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, son of Moriteru Ueshiba.

Aikido styles

Aside from the style of Aikido called Aikikai, led by the family of Osensei and probably the most widely practiced style of Aikido, there are a number of other styles that are very interesting, and that are also recognized as legitimate styles of Aikido by the umbrella Aikikai organization. This list is not at all exhaustive, and represents styles that have fed into the work in our dojo.

Mitsugi Saotome, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU)

Saotome shihan
Saotome shihan

Mistugi Saotome shihan was a student of Osensei for 15 years and left Japan in 1975. He founded Aikido Schools of Ueshiba as a separate, independent organization, but ASU rejoined the Aikikai organization in 1989. His style is direct and martial, but also deeply philosophical. He is known for having developed weapons kata for bokken and jo, as well as a set of katas for two swords that are demonstrated in the second video.