The Divine Breath of the Kumano

The Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba accompanied by Michio Hikitsuchi at Kumano Hongu Grand ShrineThe Founder of Aikido, the venerable Morihei Ueshiba was born in Tanabe. Before that, his parents had given birth to three daughters. It was because of their great desire to have a son that his father went on a pilgrimage to the Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine and prayed for 21 days. Shortly after that his prayers were answered and the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei*1 came into this world in Tanabe on December, 14 1883 (the 16th year of Meiji). The founder said "I am the godsent child of Kumano" and "Aikido is the manifestation of the Divine Breath of the deities of Kumano"

It is acknowledge that first Aikido dojo*2 in Japan was established in Shingu in 1928. The founder visited Shingu whenever the opportunity arose. Before his death, he instructed and guided the head of the Kumano Juku Dojo, Mr. Michio Hikitsuchi who in return devoted himself wholeheartedly to Ueshiba Sensei and took him to pray at Hongu Grand Shrine well over a hundred times. The Founder initiated the Michio Hikitsuchi into the secret mysteries of Aikido, and in the year of his death in 1969 Mr. Hikitsuchi received the rank of tenth dan*3 in his capacity as a direct disciple under the Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Kumano Juku Dojo - Hikitsuchi Michio Thousands of practitioners from around the globe come to study under Hikitsuchi Sensei at the Aikido Kumano Juku Dojo, some for only a day, and others for over 10 years. The french translator of KFM, Thierry Le Gall was first introduced to Aikido and started practicing after arriving in Shingu. After practicing Aikido for six years he has come to believe that he was guided here with the purpose to study Aikido.

If you would like to come to watch or experience the practice here, don't hesitate to contact the Kumano Juku Dojo to make arrangements.

Translation Notes
*1 Sensei: An honorary title placed after the name of a teacher
*2 Dojo: A building or gym where martial arts are practiced
*3 Dan: A ranking over the black belt level. A tenth degree black belt.

Aikido Kumano Juku Dojo/Motokaji machi 1-5-1/Shingu shi  /Wakayama ken/Japan§647-0005

Tel: 0735-21-3103

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