This week: can a martial art be a philosophy of life? Can it rise to the level of a religion?

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Sources

Stalker, Nancy K. Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburo, Omotokyo, and the Rise of New Religions. 

So, Doshin. This is Shorinji Kempo. (note: there’s basically nothing academic on Shorinji Kempo out there, which makes many of the claims in this book and others difficult to verify).

Ueshiba, Kisshomaru. Aikido. 

Images

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Ueshiba Morihei in his middle age, around the time he went to Tokyo.

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Takeda Sokaku, Ueshiba’s first teacher.

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Takeda demonstrating Daito-ryu at the Asahi Shimbun offices in 1936.

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Ueshiba later in life.

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So Doshin as a younger man.

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So Doshin instructs one of his most famous pupils, the martial arts film star Sonny Chiba.