“Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.”

–Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei)

Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平, Ueshiba Morihei, December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a Japanese martial artist and founder of the martial art of aikido. He is often referred to as “the founder” Kaiso (開祖) or Ōsensei (大先生/翁先生), “Great Teacher”.

Born in 1883, he studied a number of martial arts in his youth and served in the Japanese Army during the Russo-Japanese War.