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The Three Grandfathers

Who are those serious looking dudes whose pictures we bow to at the start of class?

  

takeda sokaku daito ryu dublinTakeda Sōkaku (武田 惣角)

October 10, 1859 – April 25, 1943

Takeda Sokaku was a reknowned martial arts master of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu and Ono-ha Itto-ryu swordsmanship. During his lifetime he is credited with teaching many famous martial artists among them the swordsman Shimoe Hidetaro, Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei, as well as many politicians, military officers, judges, policemen, and other persons of high social standing from all over Japan.

 

 

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Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平 )

December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969

The founder of Aikido,  Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei), was a skilled exponent and teacher of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.  Many of his recognised first generation Aikido students were awarded menjo certificates bearing the Daitō-ryū designation.  As Ueshiba grew older, more skilled, less physically capable and more spiritual in his outlook, his teaching of his art changed, became softer and more circular, striking techniques becoming less important and the formal curriculum simpler leading eventually to the formulation of his own system, which he promoted as Aiki-Budo and Aikido.

 

 

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Kenji Tomiki (富木 謙治)

March 15, 1900 – December 25, 1979

Kenji Tomiki was the first student to be awarded a teaching Menjo (8th Dan) by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. A renkowned and active teacher of both Judo and Aikido throughout his life, Professor Tomiki formulated a new method of teaching Aikido as well as introducing competitive Aikido (Aikido kyogi) into regular practice. Due to differences in teaching method and philosophy to that of the Ueshiba school, a rift occurred with decendents of the Ueshiba family leading to his departure from the Aikikai and the formation of the Japanese Aikido Association and founding the Shodokan Dojo where he continued his research. Aikido taught using the teaching and practice methods of Kenji Tomiki is often referred to as Shodokan Aikido, Tomiki Aikido and/or Sport Aikido.  
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