History and About Aikido
Aikido was created in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), also known as O'Sensei. Before creating aikido, O'Sensei trained extensively in several varieties of JujitsuÂ and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, and in swordsmanship. Ueshiba also immersed himself inÂ universal socio-political harmony.
Incorporating these principles into his martial art, O'Sensei developed many aspects of aikido in concert with his philosophicalÂ ideology.
Upon the founder's death in 1969, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999), became the second Aikido Doshu. Kisshomaru Sensei's relentless drive to spread Aikido around the globe in accordance with his father's wishes, has contributed vastly to Aikido's popularity today.
Sadly Kisshomaru Sensei passed away in 1999.
He was succeeded by his second son Moriteru Ueshiba, third and current Doshu.
The headquarters of Aikikai Aikido (AIKIKAI is the name of the organisation the Ueshiba family uses in it's dissemination of Aikido around the globe) is called Hombu Dojo and is located in Tokyo, Japan.