O'Sensei - The Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) spent much of his life studying various martial and spiritual disciplines. This included Daito Ryu aiki Ju-jutsu as well as several classical weapon systems. These years of training culminated in the development of aikido. Morihei Ueshiba became dissatisfied with the conflictive nature of many martial arts and believed that in true budo, there should be no opponent or struggle. He believed one should seek to harmonise with the world around and that this concept could be expressed physically through the techniques of aikido.
Aikido is not a sport and therefore has no competition. Aikido is a modern japanese budo; aspects of the training such as dojo etiquette and weapons training give aikido training its distinctive flavour and distinguish the training from a modern gym or self-defence class.
Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai) joined the Aikikai in 1953, becoming a long term uchi-deshi (live in student) of O'Sensei. He moved to France in 1964 as the official representative of the Aikikai, to spread aikido to the international community. Tamura Sensei has massively influenced the direction of aikido throughout Europe. The focus of his teaching was in France where he was the technical director of the Federation d'Aikido et de Budo (FFAB).
The teaching of the Newcastle Aikido Club follows the direction of Tamura Shihan. Sadly, Tamura Sensei passed away in July 2010.