We would like to announce the availability of a rare DVD featuring Noriaki Inoue, nephew of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, one of aikido’s trailblazers. This new offering in both English and French is titled Noriaki Inoue: Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer. Few people in the aikido world know of this incredible teacher who served as O-Sensei’s right hand man for some 20 years.
Noriaki (Yoichiro) Inoue was raised in the Ueshiba home in Tanabe in the early part of the 1900s. He was with Morihei when his uncle studied Daito-ryu Jujutsu in Hokkaido under Sokaku Takeda. Inoue also became a devout member of the Omoto sect having extensive personal contact with Onisaburo Deguchi, and developed a deep spiritual understanding paralleling that of Morihei. When Morihei taught his budo in Tokyo and Osaka during the 1920s and 30s, Inoue served as his senior assistant playing a pivotal role in the creation of Aiki Budo.
This DVD is thus a breakthrough product consisting of never-before-seen footage of Noriaki Inoue during his prime. Technically speaking, these films provide a glimpse of what prewar aikido really looked like. The astute viewer will note that the hundreds of techniques shown share a great deal in common with the Iwama Aikido of Morihiro Saito. Inoue’s bearing and technique reveals an uncanny resemblance to his uncle Morihei. His movements are extremely fluid, precise and punctuated by bursts of power. The technical richness and martial spirit of the art demonstrated by Noriaki Inoue will prove inspiring to aikido practitioners of all styles. The outstanding program is now available in English with French subtitles.
Click here for full details and ordering information for “Noriaki Inoue: Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer.”
For detailed information on the historical relationship between Inoue and Morihei Ueshiba, refer to the article titled Yoichiro Inoue: Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer by Stanley Pranin.
Click here for Ellis Amdur’s review of this DVD.