Mitsuteru Ueshiba

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Mitsuteru Ueshiba
植芝 充央 Ueshiba Mitsuteru
Born (1981-06-27) June 27, 1981 (age 35)
Tokyo, Japan
Native name 植芝 充央 Ueshiba Mitsuteru
Residence Japan
Nationality Japanese
Style Aikido
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 Hombu Dojo. Mitsuteru Ueshiba is referred to as Waka-sensei (若先生) and this term was applied to Moriteru Ueshiba when II Dōshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba was still alive. Literally from Japanese language “Waka” means “young”, however in this case the meaning is completely different. In Japanese culture the term of “Waka”, is referred to the “successor” (後継者), the person that will continue after his father (in this case Dōshu).

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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.


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