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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/Old Teacher (old as opposed to waka (young) sensei)". 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 803,029 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia. Morihei Ueshiba is the 4th most popular martial arts, the 38th most popular biography from Japan (down from 33rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Martial Arts.

Morihei Ueshiba is most famous for being the founder of aikido. He was a martial artist who studied under the founder of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, Takeda Sokaku.

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Among martial arts, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 4 out of 118Before him are Kanō Jigorō, Ip Man, and Gichin Funakoshi. After him are Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Conor McGregor, Ankō Itosu, Masatoshi Nakayama, and Kenwa Mabuni.

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Among people born in 1883, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 17Before him are Jaroslav Hašek, Lev Kamenev, José Ortega y Gasset, Clement Attlee, Grigory Zinoviev, and Napoleon Hill. After him are Otto Heinrich Warburg, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Semyon Budyonny, Theo van Doesburg, and Pierre Laval. Among people deceased in 1969, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 17Before him are Liu Shaoqi, Brian Jones, Rocky Marciano, Otto Stern, Jack Kerouac, and Saud of Saudi Arabia. After him are Jan Palach, Princess Alice of Battenberg, Otto Dix, C. F. Powell, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, and Levi Eshkol.

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Among people born in Japan, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 38 out of 6,048Before him are Kane Tanaka (1903), Gichin Funakoshi (1868), Sadako Sasaki (1943), Himiko (175), Emperor Kōmei (1831), and Tadao Ando (1941). After him are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Emperor Ninkō (1800), Hiroshige (1797), Takeshi Kitano (1947), and Emperor Kōkaku (1771).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Morihei Ueshiba ranks 3Before him are Kanō Jigorō (1860) and Gichin Funakoshi (1868). After him are Ankō Itosu (1831), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Motobu Chōki (1870), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Matsumura Sōkon (1809), Hironori Ōtsuka (1892), and Morihiro Saito (1928).