Shōmenuchi ikkyō (tachiwaza), Yokomenuchi irimi


shōmenuchi ikkyō (tachiwaza)

irimi and tenshin
in the exam for 2nd kyu

tachiwaza (立ち技, standing techniques)

Yokomenuchi irimi

in the exam for 2nd kyu

irimi (入り身, enter the area of the other with the whole body)

Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba (Tanabe, December 14, 1883 - Iwama, April 26, 1969) was a Japanese martial artist. He is considered one of the greatest martial arts masters in history and was the founder of Aikidō.
Ueshiba was a slim and very fragile child and was asked by his father to practice sumo and swim to strengthen his body. After an incident in which his father was almost beaten to death by his political opponents, he began practicing martial arts with perseverance and dedication, also to be able to defend himself and his family.
He attended various schools of Jūjutsu and Bukijutsu. The martial art that should mark his path should be Daitō-Ryū Aiki Jūjutsu.


The main teacher of Ueshiba was Takeda Sōkaku, who is considered one of the last true samurai. He taught him Daitō-Ryū from 1915 to 1922 and awarded him the title Menkyō Kaiden and the master certificate from Daitō-Ryū Aiki Jūjutsu. Subsequently, Ueshiba opened a dojo in Tokyo, where he taught Aiki Budō, his version of Daitō-Ryū, which formed the basis for the subsequent Aikidō.
As part of the colonization of the northern areas, Ueshiba moved to the island of Hokkaido in 1910. When he traveled to Tanabe in 1919 to go to his dying father, he met Ōnisaburō Deguchi. He was the leader of a Shintō sect called Ōmoto-kyō (大本教). Ueshiba decided to go to Ayabe's Ōmoto-Kyō headquarters. His father died during his stay in Ayabe. Ueshiba stayed in Ayabe for several years and, as bodyguard of Ōnisaburō Deguchi, participated in various actions of the sect, such as the attempt to found a state of God in Mongolia in 1924.
In 1942 Ueshiba went to Iwama in Ibaraki Prefecture, where he founded the Ibaraki Dōjō and the Aiki Jinja, the Aikidō Temple. Ueshiba accepted the name Aikidō in 1942 at the suggestion of Minoru Hirai (1903-1998). This was a former chief instructor in the Ueshiba dojo and had been appointed to a commission for the systematization of Japanese martial arts. Ueshiba later founded the Aikikai organization.
In Iwama he further developed the art, philosophy and religion known as Aikidō and devoted himself to studying Budō and agriculture. His closest student was Morihiro Saitō.
Several events from this period are told that describe Ueshiba in surprising situations that have a supernatural character. They are testified by many of his students. In fact, from then on he presented himself as the incarnation of a Shinto dragon king deity and claimed to be fulfilling a mission: to bring harmony to the world.
Morihei Ueshiba died on April 26, 1969.
His son Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999) became head (dōshu 道 主) of the Aikikai organization.