Morihei Ueshiba

1883 - 1969

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Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平, Ueshiba Morihei, December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a Japanese martial artist and founder of the martial art of aikido. He is often referred to as "the founder" Kaiso (開祖) or Ōsensei (大先生/翁先生), "Great Teacher". The son of a landowner from Tanabe, Ueshiba studied a number of martial arts in his youth, and served in the Japanese Army during the Russo-Japanese War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Morihei Ueshiba has received more than 603,183 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Morihei Ueshiba is the 4th most popular martial arts (down from 3rd in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 28th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Martial Arts.

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Among martial arts, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 4 out of 117. Before him are Ip Man, Kanō Jigorō, and Gichin Funakoshi. After him are Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Kenwa Mabuni, Ankō Itosu, Hélio Gracie, and Chōjun Miyagi.

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Among people born in 1883, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 14Before him are Khalil Gibran, Anton Webern, Nikos Kazantzakis, Jaroslav Hašek, Lev Kamenev, and Napoleon Hill. After him are José Ortega y Gasset, Victor Francis Hess, Grigory Zinoviev, Clement Attlee, Pierre Laval, and Otto Heinrich Warburg. Among people deceased in 1969, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 17Before him are Rocky Marciano, Liu Shaoqi, Jack Kerouac, Otto Stern, Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Otto Dix. After him are Jan Palach, Brian Jones, C. F. Powell, Sonja Henie, Princess Alice of Battenberg, and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg.

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Among people born in Japan, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 33 out of 5,560. Before him are Isao Takahata (1935), Kanō Jigorō (1860), Gichin Funakoshi (1868), Joan Fontaine (1917), Lee Myung-bak (1941), and Kenzaburō Ōe (1935). After him are Himiko (175), Hiroshige (1797), Saigō Takamori (1828), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Sadako Sasaki (1943), and Hiroo Onoda (1922).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 3Before him are Kanō Jigorō (1860) and Gichin Funakoshi (1868). After him are Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Ankō Itosu (1831), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Matsumura Sōkon (1809), Motobu Chōki (1870), Morihiro Saito (1928), and Koichi Tohei (1920).