Among the numerous video titles in our product catalog is a DVD titled “Aiki Budo” featuring Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. This exciting DVD showcases the prewar Aiki Budo of Morihei and begins with a new 45-minute documentary written and produced by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin that traces the life of the Founder from his boyhood in Tanabe through his retirement to Iwama in 1942. Morihei’s early martial arts training, his study of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu under the famous Sokaku Takeda, his involvement with the Omoto religious sect led by Onisaburo Deguchi, and a history of Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo are presented.
This documentary also includes fascinating video and audio recordings of several prewar Aikido figures commenting on their remembrances of the Aikido Founder. Among those who appear are Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Gozo Shioda, Rinjiro Shirata, Takako Kunigoshi, and Kiyoshi Nakakura.
The highlight of this new product is the famous 1935 Asahi News film. Of the surviving documents of the prewar era, this is certainly the most important visual record of Morihei’s techniques. We present this amazing treasure in its entirety for the first time on DVD. One is struck by the modernity of many of the techniques and the “ki no nagare” like style of execution.
Morihei demonstrates numerous suwariwaza, hanza handachi (hanmi handachi), tachiwaza, multiple attacks, and sword and bayonet techniques. His partners are Shigemi Yonekawa and Tsutomu Yukawa. There are also brief appearances by Takuma Hisa and Rinjiro Shirata. Most of the techniques are advanced and performed in a flowing style building up to a spectacular multiple attack finale!
This exciting program can be ordered here: Aiki Budo on DVD
Also, please take a look at our Morihei O-Sensei Intro Set and save over 30% off the retail price of the DVDs ordered individually.