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Doshu (道主) is a hereditary title (literally 'Master of the Way') denoting the head of the The Aikikai Foundation (財団法人合気会) is the original organisation for the Japanese budo art aikido, officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940. It describes itself as the parent organization for the development and popularization of aikido throughout the world, although there are several offshoots... Aikikai and the figurehead of Aikido (合気道 Aikidō, also 合氣道 using an older style of kanji), literally meaning harmony energy way, or with some poetic license, way of the harmonious spirit) is a gendai budo — a modern Japanese martial art. Practitioners of aikido are known as aikidoka... aikido.

Three men have so far held this role:

  • Morihei Ueshiba Morihei Ueshiba (植芝盛平 Morihei Ueshiba) was a famous martial artist and founder of Aikido. Known as O Sensei (Great Teacher) by Aikidoka. Born December 14th, 1883, in Wakayama Prefecture (now Tanabe), Japan. Died April 26th, 1969. Morihei Ueshibas Art of Aikido is heavily influenced... Morihei Ueshiba, from the title's first use to 1969.
  • Kisshomaru Ueshiba (June 27, 1921-January 4, 1999) was the third son of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Kisshomaru was Doshu (roughly translated as keeper or guardian of the Way) at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo until his death on 1999. Kisshomaru was born in Ayabe on 1921. He... Kisshomaru Ueshiba, from 1969 to 1999.
  • Moriteru Ueshiba (植芝守央 Moriteru Ueshiba) (born April 4, 1951) is the third and current Aikido Doshu. He was born on 1951 in Tokyo and assumed the title of doshu on January 4, 1999 following the death of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is a grandson of Morihei... Moriteru Ueshiba, from 1999 to present.

When the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, died in 1969, his son Kisshomaru became the second Doshu. When Kisshomaru died in 1999, his son (and so Morihei's grandson) Moriteru, took the role.

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  • Doshu (道主) is a hereditary title for the Head of the Way, the way in question being the Japanese martial art aikido. It was first used of Ueshiba Morihei or O-Sensei. He was followed by his son Ueshiba Kisshomaru; the current, third, Doshu is Ueshiba Moriteru. Categories: Aikido... Aikido Doshu

This Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. Martial arts, also known as fighting systems, are bodies of codified practices or traditions of unarmed and armed combat, usually without the use of guns and other modern weapons. People study martial arts for various reasons including fitness, getting rid of aggressions, mental/character development, and... martial arts-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Doshu&action=edit).

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IAF Doshu Obituary (2525 words)
By 1998, Doshu, who was then in his mid-seventies, was becoming increasingly frail and left much of the responsibilities for running the Hombu Dojo and the Aikikai to his son Moriteru, who had become General Director of the Hombu Dojo in 1986.
Ueshiba Doshu nevertheless summoned up the energy to be present at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration in May 1998 and also to attend the I.A.F. 1998 Directing Committee Meeting, where, as President, he gave the opening & closing speeches and also participated in some of the discussions.
Doshu gave a class and the one thing I remember about his aikido was the enormous circular movements and the constantly airborne ukes.
Morihei Ueshiba & Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1087 words)
Following O-Sensei's death in 1969, a rift between the new Doshu and Tohei, who was head of the instructional staff, gradually developed, and the latter left the Hombu to establish his own school in 1974.
By the mid-1970s aikido had grown to the point that Doshu and the senior shihan of the Aikikai felt the time ripe to create an "International Aikido Federation." National federations were recognized in numerous countries and the overall organization came under the control of the Zaidan Hojin Aikikai.
In philosophical terms, Doshu himself eloquently summed up his thoughts regarding the art created by his father with these words, The movements of aikido are in perfect accord with the movements of the spirit.
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