Welcome to the English Language version of the Seibukan Dojo home page! If you are looking to practise aikido in Kobe, Japan, then you have found the right place!

History of Aikido

Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba, referred to as O’Sensei by Aikido practitioners. That title means “Great Teacher” in Japanese and, according to all reports, he was. His strength and skill are the stuff of legend as is his spiritual development. The martial art he developed grew out of his study of Sumo, military bayonet fighting, Goto Ryu Yagyu Jujutsu, and, very importantly, Daito Ryu Aikijutsu. The latter was the creation of a very interesting martial artist by the name of Sokaku Takeda with whom O’Sensei studied for many years. Ueshiba Sensei also studied sword and stick (jo) arts throughout his life and incorporated what he learned into Aikido. Another important aspect in the development of Aikido was O’Sensei’s spiritual evolution. In that growth he was aided by another very interesting and charismatic character, Onisaburo Deguchi, who began a religion called Omoto-kyo. The history of their relationship and its effect on the development of Aikido is discussed in more detail in the very fine biography of O’Sensei called Abundant Peace written by John Stevens and published by Shambala Press. It is a wonderful book and, if you are interested in the origins of Aikido, you will find it enlightening.

Aikido as practiced at Kobe Seibukan Dojo is Aikikai

Aikikai is practiced at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and at the other aikikai dojos around the world. It provides a vigorous aerobic and muscular workout and improves awareness, flexibility, balance and hand-to-eye coordination, in addition to being a lot of fun! Aikido is not combatative, but rather an endeavour to achieve harmony. It is practiced by all ages and both sexes to everyone’s benefit. 

We have a 60-year history. Nakao Sensei (our leader, picture on the right) and a number of Seibukan aikido teachers hold practices everyday, and we invite eminent teachers from Hombu Dojo. In particular: Endo Shihan, Kuribayashi Shihan, and Suzuki Shihan hold seminars regularly.

The map is here.