Osensei (Morehei Ueshiba)  12/14/1883 - 4/26/1969

After intensive study of various fighting styles, Morihei Ueshiba became famous as one of the strongest men of
Japan. In 1919, he turned towards a the integration of martial and spiritual, and started to develop the Art of
Peace. In 1942, O-Sensei named this new martial art Aikido. He moved to the small country town of Iwama,
where he continued to practice, teach and refine Aikido until he passed away in 1969.

"The Art of Peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead we put ourselves in tune with
the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nuture life, and prevent death and distruction. The true
meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love."
- Morihei Ueshiba  

Morihiro Saito Shihan  3/31/1928 - 5/12/2002

9th Dan Aikikai. An Iwama native, Morihiro Saito started training in Aikido in 1946 and became not only a
student, but a close confidant of O-Sensei during the following 23 years. After the Founder's passing, Saito
Shihan was entrusted with the Iwama dojo and became the guardian of the Aiki-shrine. Today, he is also
known for his preservation of aikido as the Founder taught in Iwama, his fierce budo spirit, and the legacy of
instructors he left across the globe.

Mark Larson's tribute to Saito Sensei