Recommended reading: “Interview with Nobuyoshi Tamura (2)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview 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.

When O-Sensei was invited to the first Kobudo (old-style martial arts) demonstration held after the war, he said he wouldn’t participate himself but told Tohei Sensei to go instead. When Tohei Sensei asked O-Sensei what techniques he should show at the demonstration, he apparently said, “Anything you want. Do what you think is appropriate.” I think he probably thought that budo was not something to show to others and worried that once he showed his techniques they would be stolen. Therefore, when I started aikido there were many people who didn’t know about the art.

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