O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba December fourteen eighteen eighty three,
Motomachi District, Tanabe. Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
Yoroku Uyeshiba (a respected member of the community) and Yuki Itokawa (of noble family), gave birth to their forth born and only son, Morihei Uyeshiba.
A delicate, sensitive child at first. As he grew he'd become such a day dreamer in love with the Kobo Daishi of the Kumano Region. At the age of seven young Morihei was sent to Terakoya, a Temple School in Iodera of the Shingon sect. He studied deeply the old Chinese classics of Confucius and the old scriptures of Buddha. For one so young he was extraordinary in the Arts of meditation, Kototama, and Prayer. Young Morihei became so full of energy that Yoroku decided to begin his study of Budo through the Arts of Sumo, and swimming.
Graduating from the Superior Elementary School Of Tanabe. Morihei, at the age of thirteen was then admitted into middle school. Where he'd later drop out just before graduation so that he could continue with his studies at Yoshida Abacus, the place where he'd acquier the correct diploma.
In nineteen ten at the age of seventeen, Morihei was sent to Tokyo so that he could work with his family the Inoue. More interested in the Arts then business itself, at night he would practice Tenjin Shinyo Ryu Jujutsu with Tokusaburo Tozawa (eighteen forty eight-nineteen twelve), Goto Ha Yagyu Shingan Ryu in Sakai with Masakatsu Nakai and Masanouke Tsuboi, Kito of Koryu Jujutsu (unarmed combat), and Shinkage school of Kenjutsu (techniques of swordsmanship).
These are all classical Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Budo of the Edo period, basically O Sensei was everywhere. It was then when a new fishing law came to pass in favor of the larger commercial fleets, hardships imposed the smaller fishermen of the district of where he lived. Daring to impose the new law Morihei, joined a campaign known as the Iso incident. A protest demonstration held in the small village which mostly survived on it's small fishing fleets. Through his help the problem was soon solved. Morihei, became well known for all his hard work.
In nineteen O'two, Morihei, left towards Tokyo. In hopes of a new start, as a businessman. Even though, the Uyeshiba Company had already been established since nineteen O'one, Morihei's creative ideas brought the Uyeshiba Stationery a company full of articles, scholar materials, and scriptures. A large store, enough to employ several clerks. For sometime Morihei, also worked for the commercial district of Nihombashi. Though, falling ill with beriberi he felt forced to return home. Leaving his business to his employees, he'd return to Tanabe. It was here after his recovery where he married Hatsu Itokawa, whom was born in eighteen eighty one. They knew each other since children.
Recovering, he transformed his body into a powerful physique, through stamina training and strength building exercises. Social responsibilities where put on him by his father Yoroku, knowing that change can only occur with action. Morihei, became involved with many social reforms.
An event in nineteen O'two lead to the Russo Japanese War. Swept by patriotic fever Morihei, joined the Wakayama Sixty First Infantry Regiment as a Foot Soldier. It was here in the Army, where his studies of the Arts were truly revealed. Especially in the Art of Bayonet.
At the age of twenty, in nineteen O'three. Morihei, enlisted in the Thirty Seventh Regiment, Fourth Division of Osaka. On his time of he'd continue his training of the Arts under the study of Masakatsu Nakai, in Sankai Dojo. Studying the techniques of Goto Yagyu Ryu Jujutsu. It was his sincerity, hard working attitude, and extraordinary skill which drew the attention of his superiors. Regarded as the best Bayonet Artist in the Regiment, he'd display techniques so clean and swift that not even the scutinous of judges could detect how each opponent, one by one, was so easily sent flying.
During the war Morihei was sent into the fronts of Manchuria. Even though, in those days efforts where made save guarding the live of a first born son. Stories brought back from his comrades rapidly spread. They spoke of his great courage under fire. A living legend, amongst his troops they called him the "Soldier God". On his return Morihei's talent and capability where recognized, he'd become a General. Nineteen O'seven, after a four year enlistment by nomination and respect of all whom served with him. Leaving towards Tanabe he'd return home with a Certificate of Goto Ha Yagyu Ryu Jujutsu, a transmission scroll from Masakatsu Nakai. Kisshomaru once held this scroll in his hands.
Home in Tanabe, Morihei began working the land of his family farm. His skill and energy grew. Driven towards the social service and town's politics. Always working hard for the public's good. He'd gain popularity among the people for his honesty, and devotion. Becoming the local leader of the Youth Association. His years where peaceful, involved with countless local activities. Passing considerable time self training, sharpening his skills. Yoroku, sought to channel the energies of his son whom showed no sings of wishing to embark upon a career.
It was in nineteen O seven when Kiyoichi Takagi (eighteen ninety four- nineteen seventy two) was visiting Tanabe. Yoroku contracted the young seventeen year old instructor of Kodokan, to teach Morihei and the young men of Tanabe at the family farm. Morihei's study of Judo is unclear but probably did not last longer then a year. It was in nineteen O ten when Matsuko, Morihei's first daughter was born.
In nineteen twelve, the government announced the beginning of the Hokkaido Project. Encouraging, people to settle in the northern undeveloped Island. The additional living space and farming land was necessary for the welfare of the nation and the Russians, were showing interest on it's strategic location.
His devotion to Japan, and the adventure of a new life were to challenge Morihei once again. At the age of twenty nine, he joined with a group of colonizers, and asked for recruits from the Youth Association. Becoming the Leader of more then eighty people, fifty four families, the Kishu. And in march of nineteen twelve they left Tanabe, in direction to the Northern Land. Reaching Hokkaido, in May they got established, and rested in Shirataki near Yobetsu, a place Morihei had chosen on a previous trip.
The frozen land was harsh, inhospitable, unwilling to yield towards the efforts of it's new settlers. Often hit by storms, and heavy snow. Making their planned logging operation impossible. They tried to clear the land for cultivation, but the freezing rains drove them back, to their hastily constructed shelters.
Progress was slow, the prize paid in time and suffering where high. The first two years brought poor harvest, and many hardships. Though spirits where low Uyeshiba, encouraged the people by setting an example full of faith, and ceaseless hard work. His determined pursuit led him towards negotiations of relief funds, from every source possible. Fighting against the climate eventually the Kishu, began to initiate successful projects. Including the Cultivation of Mind. They had horses, a milk farm, and of course the wood industry.
Morihei did all possible, everything he could to assure the triumph of his adventure. He continued with various projects, as the building of a commercial St. in town, the best working conditions at that time, and the Foundation of the towns Elementary School. It took two years, but in the fall of nineteen fourteen the land yielded it's long awaited harvest.
The people began to fell that a permanent settlement was possible. Fashioning a new life in the wilderness Morihei, sent for Hatsu, and Matsuko. His wife, and daughter. Peppermint cultivation, lumbering, horse breeding, dairy farming, St., and school. Each project, was based on Morihei's plan. An important factor in the development of Shirataki. A place which still exists today. As a member of the village council, Morihei assisted in the exploration of an underground excavation for mineral resources. When the people had problems they would come to him for advice and help. Yet he always had the time to continue on his quest of Budo. The village took on a new life, people began to call Morihei the King of Shirataki.
O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba.