Recommended reading: “Interview with Swordmaster: Kiyoshi Nakakura (1)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Kiyoshi Nakakura Sensei 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 have never been aware of anything which has proved to be useful for Kendo techniques directly. However, I think that Ueshiba Sensei’s foot movements were very useful. Also, I think that it is thanks to Aikido training that I do not become disturbed when facing an opponent. I have come to develop the strong conviction that I will never be beaten by anyone no matter how strong. This is thanks to Aikido.

Aikido Journal Online has the world’s largest archive of Aikido-related material including articles, interviews, photographs and video clips. As an Aikido Journal Online subscriber you will have access to a variety of website resources reserved exclusively for members. These include:

  • Full access to the ever-growing Aikido Journal archives consisting of more than 650 articles.
  • Full access to Stanley Pranin’s “Encyclopedia of Aikido” featuring some 900 entries with over 200 rare photos.
  • Full access to an ever growing collection of technical and historical video clips featuring many of the best-known exponents of aikido, Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, and other arts.

Besides these advantages, by becoming an Aikido Journal Online subscriber, you help support our staff in its continuing work of researching and documenting the history of aikido, Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, and related martial arts.

Finally, we are pleased to offer two free gifts for those readers who subscribe or renew for two years. In an effort to avoid any duplication of gift items, we have expanded the options to choose from. Click here to find out more information about our subscription/renewal options.

Click here to read entire article

Join us on Facebook



  1. I noticed in a karate shodan test I attended that the aspirant was worked into exhaustion. He couldn’t possibly win. The idea appeared to be to see that he never gave up and retained at least some technique.

    While preparation for aikido testing is arduous, there is an underlying message: if you do the form, your partner will eventually fall down. It’s inevitable. That instills a feeling of inevitable success which in itself is a valuable martial attitude.

Speak Your Mind