"I didn't create Aikido. Aiki is the way of the universe. It is the source of the principles of life. The history of Aikido begins with the origins of the universe. Do you think that a human being could possibly have created these laws? There is no enemy in the true martial way (budo). True budo is a work of love. It is not killing or fighting; it is a work of creation and growth which gives life to and nurtures all things. Love is the guardian deity of everything. Nothing can exist without it. Aikido is the realization of love."  Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei (Great Teacher), as he is referred to by his students, was born in 1883 in Japan. An exemplary martial artist, he combined his expertise with his spiritual and ethical insights to form modern Aikido. Bushido means the "Way of the Warrior," emphasizing the principles of honor, loyalty, heart and courage. The word "bu" literally means "to stop the sword," "to end the fight."

O'Sensei's genius was to discover that applied nonviolence, stopping the fight with a unified body, mind, and spirit, is one of the most potent weapons human beings possess. As an experienced warrior, he realized that the true martial art must go beyond concerns of winning and losing; it must be a means of personal transformation leading to the realization of the harmonious nature of the universe. Until his death in 1969, O'Sensei dedicated himself to teaching and a continual exploration of the Art of Peace.