Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) "The Father of Aikido"  

Morihei Ueshiba is regarded as one of history's greatest martial artists. Even as an old man of eighty, he could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a single finger. Although invincible as a warrior, he was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence. His way was Aikido, which can be translated as "The Art Of Peace." Morihei Ueshiba is referred to by the practitioners of Aikido as O Sensei, "The Great Teacher".

A Few Excerpts From Ueshiba's "Art of Peace"

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.

Life itself is always a trial. In training, you must test and polish yourself in order to face the great challenges of life.

Transcend the realm of life and death, and then you will be able to make your way calmly and safely though any crisis that confronts you. 

Seeing me before him, The enemy attacks, But by that time, I am already standing safely behind him.

 

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