Apr
17

The art of rolling… Richard Moon Sensei demonstrates backward ukemi

A guide to the basics of rolling, for teachers even more than students, especially for those who help beginners learning Aikido. Introducing the fundamentals of ukemi: the art of rolling. Learn the diagonal path that protects the head and neck and allows for a safe practice. How to train the body to find that path naturally…

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Apr
17

Move to uke’s flank! Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “The Zone Theory of Aikido”

In this video, Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin introduces a model describing the interaction between nage (defender) and uke (attacker) called “The Zone Theory of Aikido.” He explains how it is dangerous for nage to remain in front of uke when attempting to counter an attack and why the attacker has the advantage in this situation. By contrast, moving to the side or rear of uke, into his “dead zone” or “blind spot,” makes it extremely easy for nage to safely execute an aikido technique…

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Apr
17

Spectacular Aiki Ken Demo… Screenshots from Morihiro Saito’s performance at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo

Highlights from the memorable Aiki Ken demonstration given by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, at the 1989 All-Japan Demonstration in Tokyo seen by more than 5,000 people. Saito Sensei at his finest!…

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Apr
16

Neither throwing nor being thrown… “Who Controls the Technique, Uke or Nage?” by Nev Sagiba

This is an interesting clip of a highly-polished aikido katatedori demonstration by the representatives from Slovaka at the 2013 World Combat Games held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aikikai members have become regular participants in these international events…

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Apr
16

“I joined under false pretenses!” Interview with Kisaburo Osawa by Katsuaki Terasawa

If something is too difficult, nobody can do it. If the true goal of the aikido way is to achieve paradise or a happy life everybody should be able to do it: a child, an old person, a woman, a handicapped person, a weak or a strong person. I believe this to be the true path…

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Apr
16

Stay out of the danger zone! “Hitohiro Saito Sensei sets the record straight on kotegaeshi”

There is at present on Aikido Journal a lively discussion about various “safe” ways of executing the kotegaeshi wrist-turn technique. Many have contributed their thoughts to the discussion. I just received a link to yet another kotegaeshi video, this one by Hitohiro Saito Sensei that shows in succinct form one very effective way of performing this technique. He also points out the error I allude to in my video. – SP…

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Apr
15

Do something even while injured! Aikido – 9 Tips to help you safely recover from injuries by Dunken Francis

Place a small strip of red tape on your uniform, over the injured area. A patch of red tape on your shoulder indicates that it’s still healing. Your partners appreciate this courtesy communication to take it easy…

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Apr
15

Grandson of Aikido Founder: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi

Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates the Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi technique at normal speed and in slow motion. The present Doshu is the grandson of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and son of the Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is the family heir to the art of aikido and head of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo organization…

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Apr
15

Taught Daito-ryu secretly! “Sokaku Takeda in Osaka” by Tokimune Takeda

In 1929, Admiral Isamu Takeshita, who studied Daito-ryu with Sokaku Takeda, published an article in the magazine entitled “The Story of the Bravery of Sokaku Takeda.” In this article, he described how Sokaku became a budo instructor serving in the capacity of a bodyguard for Marquis Tsugumichi Saigo, an army general, and how he performed acts of bravery in various places. This article came to the attention of the Tokyo Asahi Newspaper Company which sent a journalist to Hokkaido in 1930 to interview Sokaku who was travelling around the northern island teaching…

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Apr
14

Powerful and spontaneous… Seigo Yamaguchi instructing at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo c. 1975

This is an interesting clip of a highly-polished aikido katatedori demonstration by the representatives from Slovaka at the 2013 World Combat Games held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aikikai members have become regular participants in these international events…

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Apr
14

O-Sensei’s calligraphy teacher! “Interview with Seiseki Abe (1)” by Stanley Pranin

I have a picture of O-Sensei doing chinkon under the falls, which I still have at my home… His body had the flexibility of someone seventeen or eighteen years old. Even so, he had gradually lost weight over the years and he complained about how much his muscles were sagging. But, when he put his ki into them, “pop,” they became hard as steel…

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Apr
14

Bequeathed by O-Sensei… “The 31-jo kata must not be modified!”

During his years living in Iwama, Morihei Ueshiba had a unique opportunity to focus on his personal training and development for the first time in many years. The result of this extended period of devotion to aikido practice, meditation, and farming was “Takemusu Aiki,” Morihei’s concept of the ultimate goal of aikido where one becomes capable of spontaneously executing techniques exactly suited to the circumstances…

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