Nov
28

Solid structure and hips: “Ki musubi no tachi for precision blending!”

The Ki Musubi no Tachi is a genial form designed to teach the ability to precisely blend with the sword movements of a partner. Tracking your partner’s sword arc, you cut his wrist to prevent his shomen strike…

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Nov
28

Never fighting means never defeated!! Aikidoka: “The Apologetic Martial Artists,” by Stanley Pranin

For years I have heard a vociferous chorus of naysayers lambasting aikido as an “ineffective” martial art. Even among those who practice aikido, one can hear criticism of aikido’s techniques as unrealistic. I confess that I too have been among those who have lamented much of what goes on in aikido dojos all over the world, as misdirected and contrary to the basic principles of the art…

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Nov
26

A Chiropractor’s View: “Aikido and injuries,” by Bartłomiej Gajowiec

Some of us use force more than others, but there is always the temptation to solve a problem with force if the technique is not performed correctly. This coupled with a lack of warm-ups leaves us wide open to injury…

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Nov
26

Unique & unforgettable! “Kanshu Sunadomari’s mind-blowing performance at the 1st Friendship Demonstration”

Kanshu Sunadomari Sensei seemed like an excellent candidate for the 1st Friendship Demonstration and Fukiko was keen on the idea that we invite him. There were a couple of problems, one being that he had separated himself from the Aikikai shortly after Morihei’s passing in 1969. There was consequently a tension between him and his organization and the Aikikai. This made some of the other teachers somewhat nervous about Kanshu and how the Aikikai might react to his participation…

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Nov
26

Radical alternative to traditional joint-lock! Video: Stanley Pranin’s “Nasty Nikyo”

Recently, we posted a video with a demonstration and explanation of an especially effective nikyo shown by Stanley Pranin. Uke will usually fall backward. Many people have commented on nikyo done in this manner and have been experimenting with it in their dojos. Stanley Pranin explains this nikyo further in a closeup video that will give you a better view of the mechanics of this technique…

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Nov
25

Technical virtuosity! Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Seigo Yamaguchi at Aikikai Hombu Dojo (1970)

This video consists of scenes from a film by Michel Random titled “The Martial Arts of Japan” (1970). Featured are Second Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba who is in top form, and the inimitable Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei who amazes with his technical virtuosity…

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Nov
25

De-emphasis of aikido’s martial pedigree: “Towards A Reform of Aikido Technique (1): Background,” by Stanley Pranin

What was done instead within the Aikikai system was to de-emphasize the martial pedigree of aikido’s techniques, and eschew practice conditions that led to the cultivation of a strong martial spirit. Some 60 years later, a large number of practitioners within the Aikikai system are still being formed using this teaching approach, which is not martial in nature and does not reflect the vision of aikido conceived by the art’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei…

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Nov
25

“Weapons practice develops stable hips and upper body strength!”

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Nov
25

Surrounded by opponents! Breaking away from Daito-ryu: “Morihei’s technical Tour de Force still amazes after 78 Years!”

I had known about the existence of the 1935 film of Morihei for a number of years. A few of the old-timers had actually seen the old Asahi News documentary, and spoke about it in terms that fired the imagination. Why was this precious document being withheld? Since the film was no longer shown and had been locked away, my only hope was to find an outside source; it was like looking for the veritable needle in the haystack…

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Nov
24

Aikidoka always forget this! Nick Lowry on “Kuzushi, ” balance- breaking

In this video, Nick Lowry Sensei of the Windsong Dojo presents an introduction to the concept of “kuzushi,” or balance-breaking which is essential to all martial arts. He describes various ways that are achieved to unbalance uke and what the physical characteristics of kuzushi are…

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Nov
24

Exquisite aikido! Daniel Toutain Sensei at FAA Auray Summer Camp of 2013

This is a compilation of scenes from the FAA Auray Summer Camp of 2013 conducted by Daniel Toutain Sensei in Auray, France. This video is beautifully edited and showcases the exquiste aikido of Toutain Sensei, a direct disciple of Morihiro Saito Shihan…

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Nov
24

THE AIKI WARRIOR WAY: EPISODE 1 — “EXTRACTING A BLOODIED VICTIM FROM A TRAIN IN JAPAN”

I don’t remember thinking about anything, but I reacted without hesitation and grabbed the arm of the victim and started quickly leading him away from the scene of the fight. He offered no resistance to what I was doing. I frankly doubt that he could even think coherently in the sad state he was in. I moved him quickly out the other end of the car and walked him down further about three cars away from the scene of the fight. I wanted to get far enough away in case the other man tried to follow…

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