Mar
05

Tetsuzan Kuroda: Martial Artist of Impossible Skills!

Tetsuzan Kuroda, the headmaster of the martial legacy of the Kuroda family, is one of the best known and respected of contemporary Japanese koryu practitioners. He is one of Japan’s finest swordsman, a master of a variety of classical weapons, and an adept in the soft-style Kuroda family jujutsu. One quickly runs out of superlatives when attempting to describe the skills of Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei. Watching Kuroda Sensei draw his sword is a stunning experience. It’s akin to a religious revelation where you humbly thank the Creator for allowing you to witness such a miracle of movement! This video was shot during Aiki Expo 2003…

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Mar
05

Over 360,000 views! Stefan Stenudd on atemi and aikido!

In this video, Stefan Stenudd Sensei of Sweden, demonstrates a number of atemi sequences that can be applied as setups for the execution of aikido techniques. Some interesting training drills are shown…

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Mar
05

The Americans made fun of me! “Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama,” by Stanley Pranin

When I tried to do koshinage on some of the taller men I found that they could just step over me; no matter how I tried the technique, I couldn’t manage to throw them because the height difference meant I couldn’t get my hips into a good position in front of theirs. Then I had the idea to try putting them across my shoulders instead of across my hips, and that’s how I started using those techniques. I wasn’t trying to be rough or flashy, I was just trying to get the techniques to work. Necessity is the mother of invention!…

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Mar
04

Splendid Aikido! Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei demonstrates kosadori techniques

This video of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei is a splendid example of high-level aikido. He focuses on kosadori — cross hand-grab techniques — showing a bewildering number of variations. You will notice that uke is unbalanced instantly at the moment of contact and the Kobayashi Sensei is in control and relaxed at all times. Really beautiful aikido!…

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Mar
04

Erased from history… or so they thought! “Noriaki Inoue, Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer,” by Stanley Pranin

I could no longer stand knowing that perhaps the most important person after the Founder himself was still alive and living only a few miles away from me. I decided to act. My solution would be a diabolical scheme that only a “henna gaijin” could concoct. I took the transcription of the conversation recorded five years earlier supplemented by a polite letter and headed out to Kunitachi, a few miles west, where he lived. I rang the doorbell, and a diminutive woman, perhaps in her 70s, opened the door…

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Mar
04

See for yourself! “What was Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, teaching after the Aikikai?”

This video is the first part of several hours of rare video footage taken during a seminar taught by Koichi Tohei Sensei in Osaka in July, 1983. It provides an answer to the question of what Koichi Tohei was teaching after his departure from the Aikikai. In fine physical condition, Tohei Sensei demonstrates and explains the essential principles and techniques of his Ki system. Start with this introduction, and watch for the rest of the seminar clips to come shortly…

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Mar
03

Henkawaza… Patrick Augé Sensei demonstrates an application of shihonage as a follow up to someone escaping tenbinnage

This is a video prepared in response to Stanley Pranin’s article on injuries in the practice of Aikido in which Patrick Augé Sensei demonstrates an application of shihonage as a follow up to someone escaping tenbinnage…

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Mar
03

Free pdf download: Aikido Journal #108, 1996 — “In Memoriam Seigo Yamaguchi (1924-1996)”

Contents
● Editorial – Aikido & Weapons: The Last Word?, by Stanley Pranin
● Journal News, by Diane Skoss
● Letters to the Editor
● Seigo Yamaguchi: In Memoriam
● On Writing Zen Combat, by Jay Gluck
● Interview with Fumio Toyoda, by Mark Binder
● Improvisations, by Ellis Amdur
● In My Own Way, by David Lynch
● Takemusu Aikido — Yokomenuchi Iriminage Kihon, by Morihiro Saito
● The Omoto Religion and Aikido, by Yasuaki Deguchi
● Kicks & Aikido, by Roger D’Onofrio & Hans Goto
● Famous Swordsmen of Japan: Toru Shirai, by Takefumi Hiiragi
● Heard in the Dojo
● Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Kubi Hineri, by Takeshi Kawabe as transmitted by the Takumakai
● Events & Announcements
● The Book Page
● Our Contributors

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Mar
03

Mucked up techniques! “Aikido and the Taming of the Reptilian Brain” by Stanley Pranin

There is something that has long mystified me about practitioners of aikido. It is a phenomenon that I have witnessed across all styles of the art. Few aikidoka transcend this fundament limitation. What am I talking about? The default use of physical strength when applying a technique. During my career in aikido, I can’t count the number of times I have heard an instructor admonish students to “relax” when executing techniques. Most students translate this as “use less power.” So they don’t use as much strength in their quixotic effort to make a technique work. Occasionally, a student will really try to relax by totally draining out the power from his body. This results in a “limp” state which, of course, does nothing to improve the student’s ability to succeed in the execution of a technique…

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Mar
02

Street gymnastics… Can you roll safely on concrete? This guy can!

A demonstration of a variety of methods for rolling safely on a concrete surface that will be of particular interest to aikidoka from the world of parkour…

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Mar
02

The most dynamic ever! Extracts of demonstrations by Gozo Shioda of Yoshinkan Aikido (1978-1981)

This video consists of a number of exciting extracts from some of Gozo Shioda’s best demonstrations between 1978-1981. Shioda Sensei was one of the closest disciples of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba from the prewar period. After the war he founded Yoshinkan Aikido based on the art he learned during the Aiki Budo period from Ueshiba Sensei…

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Mar
02

How it all started! “The Improbable Launch of My Career as an Aikido Historian,” by Stanley Pranin

I had great hopes of being able to conduct research on aikido history while I was there, but got almost no cooperation from the Japanese side. I did have one success of great importance on the research side. I had Bob Frager’s articles on O-Sensei with me in Tokyo, and one day sat down to take a good look at them. I knew I had only some of the articles, but did not know how many there were in the series, or when or where they were published. Let me tell you how I solved this problem…

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