Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei
1883 Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, is born on December 14 in the present-day city of Tanabe in Wakayama Prefecture.
1908 The Founder studies Goto Ha-Yagyu Ryu jujutsu and receives a license from Masanosuke Tsuboi through Masakatsu Nakai.
1911 The Founder follows the invitation of the government for the development of the remote island of Hokkaido. He leads a group of pioneers in migrating to Shirataki (now known as Engaru-Choj), Monbetsu-gun.
The Founder meets Sokaku Takeda, of Daito-ryu Jujutsu, at the Hisada Ryokan (inn) in Engaru, and asks for instruction.
1919 On his return home, the Founder meets Onisaburo Deguchi, of the Omoto religious sect and devotes himself to ascetic spiritual training.
The Founder's father, Yoroku passes away.
The Founder opens a training academy called "Ueshiba-juku" at the foot of Hongu, Ayabe in Kyoto.
1927 The Founder relocated to Tokyo with his family and starts teaching martial arts in Shirogane-Sarumachi, Shiba. The base of his activities moves to Tokyo.
1931 The Kobukan Dojo is established in present-day Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku.
1940 The Kobukai Foundation, with Admiral Isamu Takeshita as its first president, is officially recognized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
1941 Plans to build an outdoor dojo in Iwama, Ibaraki Prefecture.
1955 The Founder starts to promote the development of Aikido in Japan and abroad.
1960 The Founder receives the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Japanese government.
1964 The Founder receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
1969 The Founder passes away on Apri1 26 at the age of 86. He receives the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, and the rank of Sho-Goi (fifth rank in the imperial court) posthumously.
Ueshiba Kisshomaru Nidai Aikido Doshu
1921 Born on June 27, in Ayabe.
1946 Graduates from Waseda University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science.
1948 Named the Director of Hombu Dojo and creates the infrastructure of the current organization.
1967 Appointed the Aikikai Foundation's President.
1969 With the passing of the Founder, Kissshomaru Ueshiba assumes the title of Doshu.
1986 He is named the head of Hombu Dojo. In recognition of his contributions to the public good through the development and growth of Aikido, Kisshomaru Doshu receives the Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Japanese Government.
1996 Appointed Aikikai Foundation Chairman. He also holds many other important positions in the industry, International Aikido Federation's President, National Student Aikido Federation's President and Nippon Budokan Foundation's President.
1999 Passes away on January 4, at the age of 77.
Ueshiba Moriteru Sandai Aikido Doshu
1951 Born on April 2, in Tokyo.
1976 Graduates from Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of Economics.
1985 Appointed the Aikikai Foundation's Executive Director.
1996 Becomes General Director of the Hombu Dojo.
1999 Assumes the title of Aikido Doshu.
2012 Awarded with the Medal of Honor by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).
2013 Received the Ranju-Hosho, the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon, from the Japanese Government