Morihei was a Japanese martial artist and the creator of the aikido martial art. Kaiso or sensei “Great Teacher” is how he is often referred to.
Morihei Ueshiba, the son of a Tanabe landowner, learned a variety of martial arts as a child and later served in the Japanese Army during the Russo-Japanese War. He moved to Hokkaido as the head of a pioneer settlement after being discharged in 1907, where he met and studied with Takeda Skaku, the founder of Dait-ry Aiki-jjutsu.
After leaving Hokkaido in 1919, Ueshiba moved to Ayabe and entered the moto-ky movement, a Shinto sect, where he taught martial arts and opened his first dojo. In 1924, he went to Mongolia with the moto-ky group’s leader, Onisaburo Deguchi, where they were captured by Chinese troops and returned to Japan.
“A golden spirit sprang up from the earth, veiled my body, and transformed my body into a golden one,” he described his spiritual experience the following year. His martial arts abilities seemed to have significantly improved as a result of this training. Here are some of his quotes:
“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”― Morihei
“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.”― Morihei
“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.”― Morihei
“STUDY HOW WATER FLOWS IN A VALLEY STREAM, SMOOTHLY AND FREELY BETWEEN THE ROCKS. ALSO LEARN FROM HOLY BOOKS AND WISE PEOPLE. EVERYTHING – EVEN MOUNTAINS, RIVERS, PLANTS AND TREES – SHOULD BE YOUR TEACHER.”― MORIHEI
“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.”― Morihei Ueshiba