About our founder's lineage

The founder Morihei Ueshiba And I
Fortunately I was born in Iwama, where the Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) created the system of principles and tehniques which we call Aikido.
Influenced by my elder brother Shigemi Inagaki (8th dan at present), who started practicing Aikido much earlier, I also started practicing Aikido at the founder's Aikido Dojo in Iwama.
At that time most of the disciples boarded at the dojo, but a few such as myself and my brother commuted.
Since I was a junior high school child, I was directly taught by the founder in hand to hand and was even able to throw him to the tatami many times.
As nobody was said to have knocked the founder down this is a treasured memory for me.
There was a Kamidana (a household Shinto altar) in the dojo and there was a sliding door.
When I was practicing Aikido with a colleague, I bumped into the door hard.
Master Ueshiba bawled loudly saying "What's the matter? Are you breaking the Kamidana?" At that time he was 80 years old, however, his voice was still startlingly loud.
Since I had to massage Master Ueshiba's shoulders and clean the dojo, I always accompanied him. So my memories are almost inexhaustible.
Once he showed me the example of Kokyuho, the breathing technique used in Aikido.
When I tried following his instruction, he nodded his head saying "Yes! Yes!". This is another treasured memory for me.
Sometimes a large part of the training time was occupied by the stories of the Shinto gods.

==> From the article of those days
The founder Morihei Ueshiba was very strict. However, through this strictness he taught us the importance of gentleness and empathy and I really learned a lot.
The principles of my dojo have been inherited from the teachings of the founder Morihei Ueshiba.
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