2021 Aikido Founder and Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu Memorial Special Video Notification

For this year’s Founder and Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu Memorial Event, while showing you slides I will give some tell some stories to memorialize them.

Aikikai Foundation

Message from Doshu, Gratitude from Behind Masks

Japan is primarily a peaceful and amiable country. However, the fight against the invisible corona virus continues. Not just Japan, but around the world the requests to “Please cooperate in not doing ~,” and “Please do ~,” make it feel as though various freedoms were being stolen from us. On the other hand, many things that I took for granted in the previous lifestyle were brought to my attention. For example, knowing that I am alive, and the patterns of my daily life, as well as being able to go where I wanted when I wanted, all of these things that used to be commonplace are now special, and it is hard to come to accept these changes. It is said that there is a high risk to people who have reached advanced ages, but I have not paid much attention to my age until now.

Under these circumstances, how do we live life with the same relaxed feeling, how do we follow the directives for business and social life, how do we continue to safely hold Aikido practice? These questions fill my mind. But listing out things we can no t do, over and over again, does nothing. W e must give our best efforts towards what can be done now in these circumstances to move forward. When I think about the two month period the dojo was required to be closed because of the Emergency Declaration, the current situation feels like a dream. Wi thout comparing it to the regular times, when I compare it to the worst times my heart becomes light. With sufficient protections against the spread of infection and while wearing masks, the Aikido Hombu Dojo reopened for practice on June 1 st . At first, the no touch only practice consisting of taisabaki and other solo exercises felt stiff and constrained, and there was a fearful atmosphere. Even so, I found meaning in that type of practice, and as the situation changed while watching it closely, we have bee n able to slowly return to a more regular practice style. From July 27 th through August 7th we held shochu geiko , midsummer intensive training, in which 77 people participated in one practice every day. (2019: 110 people). The joy that comes from being able to practice is a great, precious gift.

Originally the 13 th International Aikido Summit (General Assembly Sept 25 – 28 th , Seminars and embukai Sept 29 Oct 4 th ) was to be held for 10 days. This year, all the events planned to be held in Japan were suspended, and in the July issue of the Aikido Newspaper reports of the situations in various countries by the Japa nese teachers who live there were included. It can be clearly seen that not just in Japan, but all around the world people are wishing for a situation where they can freely practice. Even without being able to put on the International Aikido Summit, and al though many people around the world are still unable to resume practices, I can feel the connections that tie together Aikido practitioners from around the world. Just from watching the videos Dojo cho made, I can feel that connection.

While fervently hoping for the creation of a vaccine and medical treatment to become available, there is no way of knowing when it will happen . Even with that though, with our hearts as one in the intention to beat the corona virus, and doing what we can now, I plan to live each day with gratitude in my heart. I am thankful that in these times you also have not forgotten Aikido.

Aikido Doshu
Moriteru Ueshiba

合気道 ―Aikido at HOME―

Aikikai Foundation 公益財団法人合気会

合気道―Aikido at HOME―】動画配信のお知らせ


Notification regarding the uploading of “Aikido at Home” video series

During the period of practice cancellation Mitsuteru Ueshiba Hombu Dojo-cho will introduce practices that can be done at home.
Videos will be uploaded on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30 am starting on May 15th (Fri) until the 29th (Fri).
Created with the feeling of morning practice at Hombu Dojo, please practice with us in front of your computer screen.
※The videos will be available for a limited period of time.

Check the facebook page of the Aikikai Foundation 公益財団法人合気会

Message from Doshu, Concern about the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 is spreading all around the world. I pray for the prompt recovery of all those who have been affected by it, and I would also like to express my sincere condolences to the families of all who have passed away.

In these times when COVID-19 is spreading around the world, as a measure to avoid infection various things and events are being reduced or cancelled, and our society feels as though dark clouds are hanging over us.
Regarding Aikido, events are being cancelled in all the regions, and most people cannot even keep practicing because of the closing of their training places. Although unavoidable, it is incredibly unfortunate.
“The circular movement embodies Aikido’s spirit, the spirit of harmony”. I believe this thought is the most important for us as humans. Right now, especially at this time, we must value the spirit of harmony and not lose our moral sense to fear of the virus. Preventing the spread of infection and self-protection is important. At the same time, are people not becoming exhausted from the fear the current situation is causing? Are we not losing our human thoughtfulness, our kindness? It feels like our state of mind is being tested by this virus.
We must fight this fear without losing our sense of morality and committing any kind of discrimination towards others, being calm and affable.
Until the time that this infection ends, and we can go back to our daily Aikido practice, I pray for all of us not to forget the “spirit of harmony”, and to keep walking the same path together.
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba