Origins of Aikibojitsu
Aikido Founder Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei
Master Michio Hikitsuchi (Aikido 10th dan)
Yasushi Tojima Sensei
Every advanced art form is built upon the effort of dedicated individuals who have devoted their lives
to their work. Aikibojitsu is such an art form, the product of a very special lineage that began in the
inspired work of Master Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei.
Morihei Ueshiba spent his entire life studying martial arts, and became an acknowledged master in
several schools of jiu-jutsu and swordsmanship. But his real accomplishment was the creation of
Aikido, a powerful and beautiful martial system based in compassion, non-resistance, and spiritual
One of Ueshiba Sensei's top students (soto deshi) was Michio Hikitsuchi, who also spent his entire
life devoted to study of martial arts. Hikitsuchi Sensei, himself an acknowledged master of
swordsmanship and staff work, was also a Shinto priest, and all those who trained with him in the
Kumano Juku Dojo were deeply affected and influenced by the powerful spiritual focus of his
teaching. Hikitsuchi sensei was one of a very few who were promoted to 10th degree black belt in
Aikido by Master Morihei Ueshiba.
Yasushi Tojima was a senior teacher at the Kumano Juku Dojo, known for his unpredictable nature,
ready sense of humor, and explosive intensity. Tojima sensei was central to the creation and
development of Aikibojitsu spending time and energy as mentor to Tom Read Sensei, Aikibojitsu's
Tom Read Sensei began Aikido study in 1969, and has since devoted his life to the study of Aikido.
He was initially drawn to Aikido through its philisophical similarities to Zen meditation, and its focus
upon the energy of compassion. Read Sensei began to develop the staff work of Aikibojitsu in 1985
after he experienced a powerful spiritual awakening to the fullness of Aikido's foundations. Read
Sensei continues to study both Aikido and Aikibojitsu and freely teaches their principles and
techniques to everyone who is interested.
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