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I was lucky enough to have a job, otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to continue. I could live without receiving any money from O-Sensei because I was paid by the Japan National Railways. O-Sensei had money, but the students around here didn’t. If they came to Sensei they would have had no income. They would not have been able to raise rice for their families to live on. Serving the founder was extremely severe even though it was just for the study of a martial art. O-Sensei only opened his heart to those students who helped him from dusk to dawn in the ﬁelds, to those who got dirty and massaged his back, those who served him at the risk of their lives.
50 『武産合気道』第一巻 Training under O-Sensei Now I understand, but at that time I had no idea of what he was talking about. ” So I went to strike him and tumbled over. I don’t know whether it was kotegaeshi or some other technique, but I was thrown. ” When I tried to kick him I was gently overturned.
By the late 1930s, Japan’s military had become heavily involved in China and many parts of Southeast Asia. Most of Ueshiba’s ﬁnest young instructors and students were conscripted into service. This depleted the ranks of the Kobukan Dojo and by the time the Paciﬁc War had begun there was little activity at the dojo. In 1942, after falling ill with a serious intestinal disorder, Ueshiba retired to the village of Iwama in Ibaragi Prefecture where he had purchased land some years earlier. Away from the frenzied life in wartorn Tokyo, he engaged in farming, training, and meditation.