Mitsuteru Ueshiba was born 1981, 27 June is the son of the current Aikido Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba. In keeping with the Iemoto system, he is expected to succeed his father as Doshu. He is the great-grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, the Aikido Founder. From April 2012 he has been the acting-dojocho of Hombu Dojo. Mitsuteru Ueshiba is referred to as Waka-sensei and this term was applied to Moriteru Ueshiba when II Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba was still alive. Literally from Japanese language “Waka” means “young”, however in this case the meaning is completely different. In Japanese culture the term of “Waka”, is referred to the “successor”, the person that will continue after his father (in this case Doshu).