|Ueshiba family||Aikido styles
The founder of Aikido.
Son of Morihei Ueshiba
Moriteru Ueshiba, Current Doshu
Grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba
Great-grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, son of Moriteru Ueshiba.
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)
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.