|Born||June 27, 1981|
|Native name||植芝 充央 Ueshiba Mitsuteru|
|Teacher(s)||Moriteru Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba|
Mitsuteru Ueshiba (植芝 充央, Ueshiba Mitsuteru, born 1981) is the son of the current Aikido Dōshu, Moriteru Ueshiba. In keeping with the iemoto system, he is expected to succeed his father as Dōshu. He is the great-grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, the Aikido founder.
From April 2012, he has been the acting-dojocho of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Mitsuteru Ueshiba is referred to as Waka-sensei (若先生); this term was applied to Moriteru Ueshiba when the second Dōshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba was still alive. Literally, Waka means “young”, however in this case the term of “Waka” refers to the “successor” (後継者), the person that will continue after his father (in this case Dōshu).
On March 2, 2008, Mitsuteru Ueshiba married Keiko Kusano and on June 22, 2008, a ceremonial party was held at Keio Plaza Hotel with the attendance of major Aikido sensei.
- Photo of father and son
- Mitsuteru Ueshiba － 47th All Japan Aikido YouTube
- Mitsuteru Ueshiba - Aikijinja Taisai 2010