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Morihei Ueshiba

Date de naissance: 14. décembre 1883
Date de décès: 26. avril 1969

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Morihei Ueshiba est le fondateur de l’aïkido. En adaptant les techniques de combat ancestrales japonaises, il a contribué, avec Jigorō Kanō et Gichin Funakoshi, à la conservation de ce savoir menacé d’oubli par la modernisation de la société japonaise.

Après avoir contribué à la militarisation des esprits dans les années 1930 en développant l’aïkibudo dans les écoles militaires et divers lieux de pouvoir ,,,, sa quête personnelle ainsi que le traumatisme lié à la défaite japonaise de 1945 l’amenèrent à modifier son approche martiale en « voie de l’harmonie », rejetant toute idée de compétition suivant en cela les paroles de l’empereur Hirohito lors de son allocution en 1945 : « Nous avons résolu d’ouvrir la voie à une ère de paix grandiose pour toutes les générations à venir ». Ainsi, l’aïkido fut le premier art martial à être de nouveau autorisé par les autorités américaines d’occupation dès 1948,.

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Citations Morihei Ueshiba

„Shihonage is the foundation of Aikido. All you ever need to master is shihonage.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Shihonage (or Shiho-nage the "Four Corner Throw") is a technique of maintaining control over an opponent in Aikido, as quoted in Aikido Shugyo (1991) by Gōzō Shioda, p. 61

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„In order to establish heaven on earth, we need a Budo that is pure in spirit, that is devoid of hatred and greed.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: In order to establish heaven on earth, we need a Budo that is pure in spirit, that is devoid of hatred and greed. It must follow natural principles and harmonize the material with the spiritual. Aikido means not to kill. Although nearly all creeds have a commandment against taking life, most of them justify killing for reason or another. In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.

„In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: In order to establish heaven on earth, we need a Budo that is pure in spirit, that is devoid of hatred and greed. It must follow natural principles and harmonize the material with the spiritual. Aikido means not to kill. Although nearly all creeds have a commandment against taking life, most of them justify killing for reason or another. In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.

„Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.

„There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.

„Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

„A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.

„The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love. Speaking of a vision of the "Great Spirit of Peace" in 1942, during World War II, as quoted in Adjusting Though Reflex : Romancing Zen (2010) by Rodger Hyodo, p. 76

„In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.

„Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: Techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.

„The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love. Speaking of a vision of the "Great Spirit of Peace" in 1942, during World War II, as quoted in Adjusting Though Reflex : Romancing Zen (2010) by Rodger Hyodo, p. 76

„The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing.

„There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit — love.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba
Context: Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit — love. Morihei Ueshiba, as quoted in You Can Save the Earth: 7 Reasons Why and 7 Simple Ways, a Philosophy for the Future (2008) by Hatherleigh, Sean K. Smith, and Andrew Flach, p. 92

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