The following is a translation of the 6 writings excerpted
from the 1938 Training Manual, Budo, by the Founder of Aikido,
Morihei Ueshiba. As the second of only two published works of the
Founder, I was introduced to this manual by Morihiro Saito Sensei back
in 1993. Since this time, I have traveled with Master Saito on numerous
occasions throughout Japan, as well as abroad, as his personal attendant
(otomo) and translator. On every occasion he has brought a copy of the original
Budo along with him. Whether it be at a seminar or during an everyday practice
in the Iwama Dojo, Saito Sensei often refers to these 6 writings.
My goal of this project was to bring the Founder's words to
those who are unable to understand the difficult Japanese writings. No attempt
has been made to edit the original passages. Some words have been added and
some left in Japanese ONLY to make the English more understandable keeping as
accurate of a translation as possible. Keep in mind that anytime something has
been translated from its original language content, words and meanings can be
lost, so by all means I welcome other interpretations.
I would like to personally thank Morihiro Saito Sensei for
his teachings and clarifications of these writings, my wife Yuko for reading
and helping with the difficult Japanese text, and Mr. Stanley Pranin for
his advice with the final translation.
Please feel free to use this for your home page or dojo. If
even one person can benefit from this project, it was worth the time and effort
put into it.
Best wishes with all your trainings,
Mark L. Larson Iwama, Japan March 19, 2001