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    The Founder of Aikido
    Founder Biography
    1883 The Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, was born on December 14th in Nishinotani Town, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture (present day Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture) as the first son of Yoroku Ueshiba.
    1908 The Founder receives a license in Goto Ha-Yagyu Ryu Jujutsu from Mr. Masanosuke Tsuboi.
    1911 The Founder applies for invitation from the government to become a pioneer to Hokkaido.
    1912 Leads a group of 54 families in migrating to Shirataki (now known as Engaru-cho), Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture. The Founder meets Mr. Sokaku Takeda, the originator of Daito-ryu Jujutsu, at the Hisada Ryokan (inn) in Engaru, and asks for instruction.
    1918 Selected to be a member of Kamiyubetsu village council.
    1919 On his return home because of his father's critical condition, while in Ayabe (Kyoto Prefecture), the Founder makes the acquaintance of Mr. Onisaburo Deguchi, of the Omoto religious sect and devotes himself to ascetic spiritual training.
    The Founder's father, Mr. Yoroku Ueshiba, passes away.
    1920 The Founder opens a training dojo called "Ueshiba-juku" at the foot of Hongu, Ayabe.
    1922 The Founder addresses "Aiki" as the essence of the Martial Arts, due to his development of the mind coupled with spiritual practices.
    1927 The Founder comes to Tokyo with his family and begins teaching Martial Arts in Shirogane-Sarumachi, Shiba. His main activities move to Tokyo.
    1931 The Kobukan Dojo is established in present-day Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku.
    1940 The Kobukai Foundation, with Mr. Isamu Takeshita as its first president, is officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan.
    1943 Erected Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Ibaraki prefecture. Daily training of the outdoor dojo commences.
    1955 The Founder starts to promote the development of Aikido in Japan and abroad.1960The Founder receives the Medal with Purple Ribbon of Honor from the Japanese Government.
    1964 The Founder receives the award of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
    1969 The Founder passes away on April 26th at the age of 86. He receives the award of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, and the rank of Sho-Goi (fifth rank in the imperial court) posthumously.