Oct
01

New video from Stanley Pranin! How the Founder O-Sensei would set up techniques to execute throws

Despite the fact that Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei is revered as the Founder of Aikido, few practitioners today understand his philosophy or the specifics of his techniques. As we are several generations removed from the source of our art, it might be a useful exercise to go back and analyze how the Founder would approach the set up of aikido techniques. Stanley Pranin presents his thoughts on the matter. Some surprises await you!

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Sep
30

Dojo enforcers: “The Pitbulls of Aikido,” by Autrelle Holland

When pit bulls are given status as an instructor, or even a high dan ranking, they often serve the role of the enforcer. These enforcers pit bulls do just that – enforce. Often, these pit bulls are used as a rook, in some sort of a chess game. The rook is a powerful piece, but it is not the most important piece. I have seen pit bulls in schools that have weak aikido. The school, overall, lacks martial effectiveness, but somehow, one of the members is a pit bull, a capable martial artist…

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Sep
30

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, John Stevens, and Kodansha: “Shapers of the Image of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei,” by Stanley Pranin

The main sources of information on Morihei Ueshiba in the English language are books written by his son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and American author John Stevens. Both have written a series of books dealing with Morihei and his writings that have been widely distributed in English and translated into several European languages. A large percentage of these books have been published through the Kodansha Limited Company, Japan’s largest book publisher. Parenthetically, there is a historical relationship between Morihei Ueshiba and Seiji Noma, the founder of Kodansha…

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Sep
30

Interview with Takako Kunigoshi: “The dainty lady who lit up Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo”

Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo was the base for O-Sensei’s professional teaching career. In the 1930s, it was bustling with activity and many youngsters and oldsters trained side by side. The dojo attracted primarily well-to-do persons from the elite of Japanese society. But there were exceptions too…

One of these was a young lady who attending art school who developed a passion for Aiki Budo. For several years, she trained regularly alongside the young, strong uchideshi being groomed by Morihei as instructors. Takako Kunigoshi made a tremendous contribution during this time frame that provides first-hand evidence of the techniques being taught by the Founder at this stage of his career. Read all about it in this interview.

“I drew the pictures for Budo Renshu (1934). I had Mr. Yonekawa or Mr. Tomiki pose for them. Everyday right after practice I would sketch them. Just as someone was about to go flying I would say, “Stop!” and they would go no further. At the instant of a throw I would say, “Hold it just a second there,” and get down most of what was happening. Then later, at my home, I would finish up the details…

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Sep
29

High-energy action! Christian Tissier’s Dynamic Iriminage!

High-energy action! Christian Tissier’s Dynamic Iriminage! — This video is an excellent compilation of iriminage techniques performance by Christian Tissier Sensei, 7th dan, culled from many different demonstrations. Tissier Sensei’s exuberance and precision are apparent throughout…

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Sep
29

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Video Course: Shomenuchi Kokyunage

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the many video clips of Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei in which he talks about and demonstrates Ki Aikido. The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei was a major factor in the early development of the art within the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.

Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.

This is another way of saying that the aikido we associate with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo has elements of Tohei Sensei’s teachings blended in with it. In fact, some of the basic techniques taught by Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei, and Tohei Sensei were quite similar while others differ.

The Shomenuchi Kokyunage technique that we will show you next is one of the techniques that were executed differently by Tohei Sensei and Kisshomaru Sensei. Imaizumi Sensei talks about the distinction between the two in the execution of this kokyunage, also known as iriminage. See how this version compares with the way you do the technique.aiki-jo-promo2-02-ajAfter Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.

Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.

What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…

● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history

Click here for detailed information on Shizuo Imaizumi's Online Ki Aikido Course

Sep
28

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Video Course: Kata Tori Ikkyo

Shizuo Imaizumi's Ki Aikido Video Course: Kata Tori Ikkyo

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Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei demonstrates the Ki Aikido version of Kata Tori Ikkyo in this excerpt from his just-released Online Ki Aikido Course. In describing this technique, Imaizumi Sensei quotes Tohei Sensei as saying: “Draw a circle, and walk forward.”

The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, was a major factor in the early development of the art within the context of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.

Subsequent generations are not particularly aware of the evolution of the art that has led to the practice methods of today. By learning more about our splendid aikido tradition, we are able to answer many questions about why we do what we do and how we arrived at where we are.

Shizuo Imaizumi's Ki Aikido Course

After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.

Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.

What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…

● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history

Click here for detailed information on Shizuo Imaizumi's Online Ki Aikido Course

Sep
27

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Video Course: Katate Kosa Tori Irimi Nage

Shizuo Imaizumi's Ki Aikido Video Course: Katate Kosa Tori Irimi Nage

Special Offer available through Monday, September 29th!

Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei demonstrates the Ki Aikido version of Katate Kosa Tori Irimi Nage in this excerpt from his just-released Online Ki Aikido Course. Imaizumi Sensei distinguishes between the lower and middle versions of executing this technique.

The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, was a major factor in the early development of the art within the context of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.

Subsequent generations are not particularly aware of the evolution of the art that has led to the practice methods of today. By learning more about our splendid aikido tradition, we are able to answer many questions about why we do what we do and how we arrived at where we are.

Shizuo Imaizumi with Koichi Tohei, 10th dan

After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.

Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.

What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…

● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history

Click here for detailed information on Shizuo Imaizumi's Online Ki Aikido Course

Sep
26

Flexibility of a young man! Hung Kuen Master Leung Daiyau at 90 years of age, performs the rare Snake guiding the Crane set!

An extraordinary video featuring Master Leung Daiyau, a 90 year old Hung Kuen master. Here he performs the rare Snake guiding the Crane set. Even at this advanced age, he has the energy, spring, and flexibility of an athletically toned young man!…

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Sep
26

The Inside Story of the Issue of Succession! Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Video Course

Special Offer available through Monday, September 29th!

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course includes an amazing variety of content. There are technical modules that present Ki Principles, the Ki No Taiso exercises, and the basic techniques of Ki Aikido explained and demonstrated. In addition, I had the good fortune to conduct an in-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei that is a first of its kind in many respects. As a historian, I was able to sit down with this delightful sensei who destiny chose to witness some of the most important events of the early days of aikido and ask many searching questions.

We talked among other things about O-Sensei adventures in Manchuria in 1924, the dawn of competitive aikido conceived by Kenji Tomiki, Koichi Tohei’s ascent to becoming chief instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, O-Sensei’s passing in 1969, and Tohei Sensei resignation from the Hombu Dojo.

In this clip you’ll see now, Imaizumi Sensei explains what happened after O-Sensei’s death and how the matter of succession was decided. This is the sort of information that very few people have knowledge of, and Imaizumi Sensei has decided to reveal a number of behind-the-seen stories that have been kept secret some for 50 years or more. Listen to what he has to say…
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After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.

Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.

What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…

● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

Stanley Pranin Video Blog: “Iriminage — O-Sensei Style”

Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin describes the origin and execution of Aikido’s iriminage technique as conceived by Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He explains how this essential technique has its origins in prewar Japan and was further refined in Iwama after World War II. Iriminage today is practiced in many different ways, but O-Sensei’s method, though well documented, is not widely known…

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Sep
25

Kote Kaeshi Koichi Tohei Style! Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Video Course

Special Offer available through Monday, September 29th!

Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei demonstrates the Ki Aikido version of Mune Tsuki Kote Kaeshi in this excerpt from his just-released Online Ki Aikido Course. Imaizumi Sensei distinguishes between an irimi and tenkan distinction in performing this technique.

The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, was a major factor in the early development of the art within the context of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.

Subsequent generations are not particularly aware of the evolution of the art that has led to the practice methods of today. By learning more about our splendid aikido tradition, we are able to answer many questions about why we do what we do and how we arrived at where we are.
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After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.

Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.

Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.

What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…

● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history

Click here to watch video