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
the integration of martial and spiritual,
and started to develop the Art of
Peace. In 194
2, 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