The one, the only, Master Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei founder of one of the most popular martial art styles, Aikido! Today we’re going to be talking about this Martial Arts legend, that most of whom wonder whether he had even surpassed Bruce Lee.
We’re not really going to be talking about Master Morihei Ueshiba’s history. As it seems that, it has already been well discussed by other bloggers and websites. Instead we’re going to be doing something a little bit more fun.
- Answering frequently asked Morihei Ueshiba questions
- Discussing O-Sensei’s Quotes
- Reviewing some of Morihei Ueshiba’s videos
Answering Frequently Asked Morihei Ueshiba Questions
We’re going to start this article by, answering some frequently asked questions about O-sensei Morihei Ueshiba. I found these question from Personal people I know, reddit, quora and some other forums I stumbled on that were discussing Morihei Ueshiba.
Morihei Ueshiba VS Bruce Lee who would win?
This has to be the most common question I get regarding Morihei Ueshiba. It’s a really debatable question to be honest, I think it could go either way. Though there is really no way anyone can know whether Bruce Lee or O-sensei would have won.
I’m sure that’s not the answer you wanted to hear, so let’s get a bit more speculative.
If I were to choose I’d think Morihei Ueshiba would have a slight advantage over Bruce Lee. Mainly because Morihei Ueshiba had more time to train and perfect his martial art. I’m kind of disappointed that these two master martial artists never got to spar for our entertainment. We’ll just have to speculate and wonder.
We do know though that Bruce Lee was a fan of Aikido, I forgot which Bruce Lee book I’ve read it from but it clearly stated that Bruce Lee loved the flow of Aikido. Here’s a video I think you guys would really find interesting of Bruce Lee using Aikido techniques
So what do you guys think, about who would win between Morihei Ueshiba or Bruce Lee and why?
How to pronounce Morihei Ueshiba?
I have no idea how many times people started talking to me about Morihei Ueshiba, being amazing at not knowing of such a character. Than all of a sudden, I hear O-sensei or Aikido’s founder and I’m like dude you destroyed that dudes name.
It’s always funny hearing people’s pronunciation of Morihei Ueshiba though.
Anyways, the proper way to pronounce Morihei Ueshiba is, (mo-ri-hay) (oo-ee-shi-ba).
How did O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba die?
Morihei Ueshiba’s cause of death was, liver cancer in April 26, 1969. He wasn’t a young lad though, O-sensei lived a long meaningful life of around 85 years. Sad to see him go but that’s life, one generation dies another is born.
Who is Morihei Ueshiba?
I’d recommend you reading wikipedia’s article about Morihei Ueshiba full biography. I didn’t feel like writing it all down as there’s nothing of value I can add to it.
Though if you want a small summary of who O-sensei Morihei Ueshiba was I can summarize it for you.
Morihei Ueshiba is one of the greatest martial artist that ever lived. He greatly influenced a lot of today’s martial artists and martial art styles. He also founded one of the most popular martial arts styles of today, Aikido.
Where to find Morihei Ueshiba pictures for sale?
Giving your house a nice decorative touch of martial arts, good for you. The best place to find such pictures for sale would be online. To name a few shops that sell pictures of Morihei Ueshiba are:
This is a great platform for selling and buying art. Giving them a quick look I noticed that they do have a couple of Morihei Ueshiba pictures for sale. Ranging from just $15.00 to over $700.oo. Depending on what price range you wish to spend I think you’ll find something you like at Etsy.
The second platform you can use to buy O-sensei pictures is similar to that of Etsy. As it too is a platform where one can buy or sell their art. Prices here all range between $20.00 to $30.00 not as crazy as it is for Etsy.
Redbubble, my personal favourite shop for anything related to art. They’ve quite a lot of Morihei Ueshiba pictures for sale. The best thing about them is, the’ve got 9 types of wall art:
- Canvas Prints
- Photographic Prints
- Art Boards
- Art Prints
- Framed Prints
- Metal Prints
- Acrylic Blocks
- Wall Tapestries
The Heart Of Aikido the philosophy of Takemusu Aiki
The heart of Aikido the philosophy of Takemusu Aiki is a book by the martial arts master himself Morihei Ueshiba. I won’t go to in-depth about this book, though I would recommend anyone really to give it a read.
Takemusu Aiki means ‘the life-generating force capable of unlimited transformations’ In summary the book is about how one should achieve peace within himself. I need to give that book a read again. I remember buying it instantly when it came out in english.
The Controversy of Morihei Ueshiba and Steven Seagal
The controversy of Steven Seagal and Morihei Ueshiba happened in a interview after Morihei Ueshiba had already deceased. Steven Seagal claimed that he had seen Morihei Ueshiba multiple times. Though the controversy is that Morihei Ueshiba had already died by the time Steven Seagal first went to japan in 1974.
There’s a whole debate on whether he had met him before somewhere else. Or if he was simply lying. Going to link this tread from a popular aikido forum aikiweb, where you can read the whole interview. There’s also a great discussion in the comments section I think you guys would find interesting.
The connection between Morihei Ueshiba and Jigoro Kano
Most people assume that Morihei Ueshiba and Jigoro Kano were really close friends but that wasn’t really the case. It was more of an acquaintanceship, if you can call it that.
I remember my old sensei telling me that Jigoro Kano had tried to build a closer connection with Morihei Ueshiba by inviting him to visit the Kodokan. Though for some reason Morihei Ueshiba refused the invitation.
Jigoro Kano also used to recommend his successful students to visit the Kobukan to further diversify and improve there martial arts. Though Morihei Ueshiba never seemed to recommend his students to visit the Kodokan.
I find it really weird that Morihei Ueshiba didn’t reciprocate the good deeds offered to him by Jigoro Kano. If anyone reading this article would like to shed some light to this I’d be very grateful.
Here’s a video of a demonstration that Jigoro Kano had attended before he pronounced his famous quote “That’s my ideal budo!” Than send of two of his greatests students:
- Jiro Takeda
- Minoru Mochizuki
To train with Morihei Ueshiba.
The Influence of Sokaku Takeda on Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido
What was the connection of Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda you might wonder. Probably the most significant connection Morihei Ueshiba ever did. As it was this connection that started the snowball effect, towards O-sensei becoming one of the greatest martial artist and thus creating Aikido itself. Without Sokaku Takeda, Morihei Ueshiba would have been a totally different person.
Sokaku Takeda was Morihei Ueshiba’s sensei, here’s a 5 minute video were. Aikido Journal tells the story of how Morihei Ueshiba managed to get one of the greatest martial artists at that time Sokaku Takeda, to teach him the ways of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu.
What was Morihei Ueshiba height and weight?
Morihei Ueshiba’s original height was 5 feet 2 inches approximately 1.57m. We have a record of this because we know that Morihei Ueshiba was called for military service in 1903. Though he had failed due to being too short.
Our man Morihei Ueshiba was like, really you guys seriously doing this right now. So he stormed off into the woods, where he tied himself to a branch. Tied some weights to his legs and let gravity do its thing.
He kept doing this till his body reached the height of 5 feet 3 inches. Were he than re-applied for the military position and got the position.
If this isn’t determination in it’s rawest form. I don’t know what is.
When it comes to Morihei Ueshiba’s weight I don’t remember reading this anywhere. Though I would assume he weighted somewhere around 112 – 136 lbs (50 – 62 Kgs). I got these numbers by googling whats the average weight for someone whos 5 feet 3 inches long.
Morihei Ueshiba vs Ip Man
The Great battle of the hobbits, two tiny people with the determination to be the best who would win. These versus questions are so hard, I believe that Morihei Ueshiba was slightly stronger and faster than Ip Man.
What are your thoughts, on how this fight would play out. I’m really interested to see what you guys come up with.
Morihei Ueshiba vs Mas Oyama
A fight between Morihei Ueshiba vs Mas Oyama, who would win? In my opinion Mas Oyama would defeat Morihei Ueshiba. His strength definitely surpasses that of Morihei Ueshiba.
I mean did we ever see Morihei Ueshiba fight off a bull, I don’t think so. That alone makes Mas Oyama the superior in my books. Feel free to give me a more compelling argument than that.
Here’s an interesting video on the subject I think you guys will enjoy. It determines Morihei Ueshiba as the winner, even though I disagree I found the video fun and educational to watch.
Morihei Ueshiba vs Karate
Morihei Ueshiba versus the karate system. O-sensei didn’t necessary hate karate, he just taught that it was an incomplete martial art system. Though that could be said for pretty much every self defence system out there. That’s why O-Sensei decided to start his own fighting system, Aikido.
Though like every fighting style out there Morihei Ueshiba definitely did not create a perfect fighting system. It’s not a bad system but far from being close to perfect. In fact he was still changing and improving Aikido till the day he died.
Morihei Ueshiba vs Sumo
Morihei Ueshiba first martial art was Sumo wrestling, he was sent there by his father. So that Morihei Ueshiba could develop some strength, as he was a rather weak child. Which he did, though than he strove away from that path to further enlighten himself with different martial arts teachings.
Concluding Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei The Art Of Peace
I was originally going to list Morihei Ueshiba’s quotes and further discuss them. Though I seem to have underestimated how many Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei questions had piled up. I think it would make more sense to make another post about Morihei Ueshiba’s quotes and link it here.
I hope you learned something from this article. Is there something you didn’t quite clearly understand or maybe you’d like to add something or argue with what I said. Feel free to do so in the comments section. I also found a video that I think you guys will enjoy. It’s a documentary called The Morihei Ueshiba Biography: From Sumo to Aikido.