Oct
07

Brian Kagen pick from Wikipedia: “Shogen Okabayashi”

From Wikipedia: “Shogen Okabayashi is a well known Kansai based aikijujutsu teacher.

He was a founding member and one of the shihan or ‘senior teachers’ of the Takumakai Daito-ryu group, founder of the Hakohokai branch and later founder of the Hakuho-ryu which is based upon the techniques of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu and the Ona-ha Itto-ryu.”

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Oct
06

“Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku” by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei back in print!

We would like to bring to your attention that we have republished the authoritative work by Katsuyuki Kondo, Menkyo Kaiden, titled Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Hiden Mokuroku.

This is the first book in English to introduce the technical curriculum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as originally taught by Sokaku Takeda. It contains the 31 techniques of the ikkajo series of the Hiden Mokuroku, the first level of study in Daito-ryu.

The arts of Daito-ryu form the basis for most of the techniques of modern aikido, the martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. The international success of aikido has in turn rekindled great interest in Daito-ryu and the legendary figure of Sokaku Takeda.

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Oct
06

Brian Kagen pick: “The Origin of the Fugakukai” by Karl Geis

“The seeds of Fugakukai Aikido were planted in 1967 when I received a mandate from Mr. Tomiki. This mandate was explicit and directed me to take the older retired judoka in the United States and introduce them to his method of Aikido. Mr. Tomiki believed that judoka could grasp his method of Aikido very quickly and thereby spread it quickly. He also felt that his concept of an Aikido that used off-balance with power and speed, rather than the traditional ideas in Aikido of using only speed and power, would be more easily understood by judoka who use off-balance regularly in Judo randori and are therefore already skilled in the art of off-balance.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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Oct
06

Recommended reading: “Interview with Shigemi Yonekawa, Part 2″ by Stanley Pranin

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

I first met Ueshiba Sensei and got to know his Budo when I took part in an “Aiki Budo” training and lecture course. I was so impressed by the uniqueness, the subtlety and the depth of 0-Sensei’s art that there sprang up in me a desire to make it one of the things I would try to learn, and it was at that time that I joined his group. I suppose the next question is why I didn’t continue in my Budo training. Well, I moved to Manchuria in the middle of my studies, and there I got involved in the “Shiso-Undo” (Liberal Politics Movement). Also, at that time in Manchuria, there was Ninjutsu (the art of stealth) and other things of that sort. It was nothing for some showman or charlatan to rent a theater or some place and put on a show of walking bare-foot on the blades of Japanese swords or jumping up and down, full force, on slivers of broken beer bottles. These were the kind of things that were going on there when I went over.

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Oct
05

“Budo and Deception” by Nev Sagiba

To improve ANYTHING, constant review, questioning, testing, research and development and redevelopment is necessary. Essential it is to trust your own commonsense. It is usually right. The rest is mere marketing.

Another inevitable principle of existence is that all evolutionary creation happens in a trial and error adaptation response. In the earliest times, it seems that nature was not satisfied with stopping at amoebas floating around so, probably with the help of “God” our planet became a work in progress.

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Oct
02

Only book by Shoji Nishio plus 3-DVD Set!

The only book authored by Shoji Nishio Sensei, one of the most important instructors of the postwar era, Yurusu Budo, is one of the best-selling titles in our Aiki Store. In fact, we have had trouble keeping it in stock because each shipment seems to be gobbled up by customers faster than anticipated.

We would also like to bring to your attention that you may purchase all three of Nishio Sensei’s DVDs together with the Yurusu Aikido book as a set at a 25% discount. We have posted a series of 10 screen shots from this set to give you an idea of the outstanding quality and contents of these DVDs.

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Oct
02

Featured video: “Rinjiro Shirata at 1978 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration”

Available in our video archives is a video clip of the famous Rinjiro Shirata Sensei, 9th dan, who began his study under Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei way back in 1933. He was one of the few teachers to continue doing aikido in the postwar era. His aikido is very dynamic and martial in nature. Have a look at his wonderful performance!

The Aikido Journal archives now include more than 800 articles in twenty different languages and numerous video clips. We are constantly adding new articles and translations in our effort to document aikido and related disciplines past and present. If you would like to support us in this effort by taking out a subscription to the Online Aikido Journal we welcome you to do so by clicking this link. Remember that if you subscribe or renew for two years you will now receive the Aiki News / Aikido Journal Archival DVD absolutely free of charge. Don’t pass up this special offer!

Oct
02

Add your book review to the world’s largest aikido bibliography!

We would like to point out the available of book summaries and scans for books in our bibliography database.

Click here to see a complete list of books in our database. Among the many features added to the bibliography section is a book review capability replete with a star-rating system.

These features are viewable when clicking the “View entire list” option on the bibliography search page. Another feature is the ability to toggle between images for book entries that have more than one scan available. See here for an example. Remember you can click on any image to enlarge it.

Please feel free to submit your contributions to this free resource for the benefit of the worldwide aikido community.

Oct
01

Brian Kagen pick: “First non Japanese to achieve Kodokan Judo BB”

From The Judo Forum: “On 3 Apr 1913, in an interview published in Japan Times, Kano said: ‘”Who was the first foreigner to study judo at my gymnasium in Tokyo? Well, so far as I can recollect now, I think the late Mr. [F.W.] Eastlake — professor of English, you know — was the first foreigner who asked me to teach him judo. It was I think, in 1885. Then a retired British Major, named Hughes, came to study at my gymnasium. As for their work, they studied the principles rather than the practical side of the art.’”

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