Morihei Ueshiba

O’Sensei

Today, April 26th, is the anniversary of the death of Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei as Aikido practitioners call him, which means ‘Great Teacher’. Morihei Ueshiba created the martial art Aikido. Although O’Sensei is no longer with us, his art lives on in all Aikidoka all over the world. There are different “styles” of Aikido, but …

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True Emptiness

“If you have not Linked yourself To true emptiness, You will never understand The Art of Peace.” ~O’Sensei, The Art of Peace I’ve been contemplating what the phrase “linked yourself to true emptiness” means in this poem, at least in an Aikido context, for over a week. What is “true emptiness”? Is it a feeling? …

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Posture in Aikido

In just three weeks, Mary Heiny, an amazing and highly respected sensei (teacher), will be visiting my dojo to give a seminar. I’m excited about it! Heiny Sensei has been training for about 40 years. To me, that in itself is impressive enough–to be committed to a martial art is hard work. The training is …

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Joy in Training

“Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.” ~Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Also known as O’Sensei (Great Teacher). One of the aspects of Aikido that I love is the joy expressed in our training. The first time I ever stepped foot in my dojo I was terrified. That terror …

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