O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba: The Founder of Modern Aikido
It is said that as a young boy, Morihei Ueshiba (b. 1883) had an unusual interest in the martial arts, philosophy and religion. The environment of his youth, being one of religious discipline and tradition, had an enormous effect on the course of his life.
Soke Gozo Shioda: The Founder of Yoshinkan Aikido
One of Ueshiba’s outstanding students had been Gozo Shioda (born September 9, 1915), who has contributed much to bring about the increased popularity that Aikido has enjoyed since WWII. Shioda entered Ueshiba’s dojo at the age of 18, and lived and practiced there for eight years. Because he stayed at the dojo longer than any other student, Shioda learned to sense the ways of his master’s mind and spirit.