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Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969)


Philosopher, martial artist, author, and the creator of the discipline of Aikido.
Morihei Ueshiba
A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
Ueshiba quotes
In order to establish heaven on earth, we need a Budo that is pure in spirit, that is devoid of hatred and greed. It must follow natural principles and harmonize the material with the spiritual. Aikido means not to kill. Although nearly all creeds have a commandment against taking life, most of them justify killing for reason or another. In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.
Ueshiba
In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.




Ueshiba Morihei quotes
Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
Ueshiba Morihei
In our techniques we enter completely into, blend totally with, and control firmly an attack. Strength resides where one's ki is concentrated and stable; confusion and maliciousness arise when ki stagnates.
Morihei Ueshiba quotes
Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.
Morihei Ueshiba
Aikido is Love.
Ueshiba Morihei quotes
Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength. Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate.
Ueshiba
I felt the universe suddenly quake, and that a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body, and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my body became light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God, the creator of the universe.
At that moment I was enlightened: the source of Budo is God's love the spirit of loving protection for all beings Budo is not the felling of an opponent by force; nor is it a tool to lead the world to destruction with arms. True Budo is to accept the spirit of the universe, keep the peace of the world, correctly produce, protect and cultivate all beings in nature.
Ueshiba Morihei
Atemi accounts for 99% of Aikido.
Morihei Ueshiba
Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.




Morihei Ueshiba quotes
Move like a beam of light;
Fly like lightning,
Strike like thunder,
Whirl in circles around
A stable center.
Morihei Ueshiba
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
Ueshiba quotes
The Art of Peace is not easy. It is a fight to the finish, the slaying of evil desires and all falsehood within. On occasion the Voice of Peace resounds like thunder, jolting human beings out of their stupor.
Ueshiba Morihei
In a real battle, atemi is seventy percent, technique is thirty percent.
Ueshiba Morihei quotes
As soon as you concern yourself with the "good" and "bad" of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you.
Morihei Ueshiba
Regarding technique, from ancient times it has been said that movements must fly like lightning and attacks must strike like thunder.
Morihei Ueshiba quotes
As your Bujutsu [Martial Technique] training approaches perfection you will be able to detect the suki [opening/weakness] [in your enemy's technique], even before he can, and as if to satisfy some deficiency in him, you can fill the suki with your technique.
Morihei Ueshiba
Your spirit is the true shield.
Ueshiba Morihei
There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.


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