O-Sensei Statue in Iwama

O-Sensei Statue in Iwama

O-Sensei Statue in Iwama

A dedication ceremony of a statue of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba at the Aiki Jinja in Iwama was held on 8 November 2009. It was an event attended by more than 400 people from all over the world, including Paolo Corallini Shihan and Ulf Evenas Shihan – heads of Takemusu Aikido Kyokai.

The highlight of the ceremony was Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and his group walking over to the covered statue of O-Sensei and, on cue, pulling ropes and the cover falling to reveal a bronze statue of the founder standing firmly, as if he were protecting the Aiki shrine.

The Takemusu Aikido Association South Africa are proud contributors to the statue of O-Sensei and we are pleased to have a small piece of Africa in Iwama, Japan.

About Takemusu Aikido South Africa

The Takemusu Aikido Association South Africa (TAASA), formally Iwama Ryu™ South Africa, is a free group of black-belted practitioners of Aikido based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our aim is to promote and spread the traditional teaching method of Morihiro Saito Sensei, direct student of the Founder of Aikido, to all communities in South Africa.