Founder: Morihei Ueshiba

Brief History of Aikido

Aikido was developed by a man named Morihei Ueshiba, who is also referred to as O Sensei (First or Great Teacher). As a young child, he saw his father assaulted by political opponents and because of this injustice devoted himself to becoming physically powerful.

Morihei Ueshiba studied under serveral masters of different martial arts including Sojutsu (Spear techniques), Kenjutsu (Sword Techniques), and Jujutsu (Unarmed Combat). During his years of study, he became proficient in each of these arts

Aikido is a unique modern martial art that is the result of incorporating his studies of the martial arts into a single form.

To date, leadership of Aikido has remained within the Ueshiba family line. Each leader has the title of Doshu which translates to "leader of the way". Morihei Ueshiba passed leadership on to his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and Kisshomaru passed leadership on to his son Moriteru Ueshiba. Moriteru Ueshiba is the current doshu and guide for Aikido worldwide. Mitsuteru is the son of Moriteru Ueshiba and is also training in Aikido.

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a modern martial art in which many movements and techniques are performed by blending with the motion of an attacker. Rather than oppose an attack head on the goal is to redirect the attacker's force and bring it into your center of control. The use of physical strength is minimized relying more on proper body movement, position, and technique. Much of Aikido is based on unarmed combat and much like jujutsu, techniques are completed with various throws and joint locks. To help broaden our knowledge of Aikido we also train with the traditional weapons that O'Sensei studied. These include the Sword, Jo (a staff around 50 inches in length), and Tanto (knife).

Kentuckiana Aikikai - Dojo History

Our dojo was originally founded in 1989 by two instructors: Ariff Mehter and Patrick Hardesty. We have two head instructors: Patrick Hardesty and Alicia Cordero-Hardesty. Both hold the rank of rokudan (6th degree black belts) and have several decades of experience training and instructing. Kentuckiana Aikikai has had ties with the University of Louisville for many years. In addition to being a registered dojo affilitated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), we also have a sports club with the university that has been operating continuously since the founding of the dojo in 1989.