Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (December 14, 1883 to April 26, 1969) as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and spiritual beliefs. Over the years Ueshiba immersed himself in the study and mastery of the sword, the spear, and ancient arts of hand-to-hand combat through severe martial training and ascetic discipline. As Ueshiba traveled across the land studying the ways of the warrior with the masters of Japan, he became a figure of great renown. In 1915 Ueshiba met a great martial artist by the name of Takeda Sokaku, the founder of Daito-Ryu aiki-jujitsu. Ueshiba was impressed by Takeda's ability, began training with him, and quickly became Takeda's top student and a certified instructor in the Daito-Ryu system. O'Sensei learned the concept of kokyu (the aligning of ones breathing with ones movement) from Takeda and employed it in his own training. By the 1930’s Ueshiba was regarded as the preeminent martial artist in Japan. Ueshiba recognized, understood, and aligned himself and his art with the creative process from which all things manifest. Through the forging of great spiritual insight and exceptional martial skill Aikido was born. Ueshiba was eventually given the title O'Sensei by his students, which means "Great Teacher". O'Sensei's Aikido continued to evolve and thrive throughout his lifetime until his death in 1969.
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