Feb
13

Recommended reading: “Remembering Morihiro Saito Sensei” by Stanley Pranin

The article below concerning the late Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, 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 on many occasions over the years written articles about my aikido teacher, Morihiro Saito, that have been published in Aiki News and Aikido Journal. During that entire period, however, I had the psychological assurance that this giant of a man was busy with his teaching and caretaking duties in Iwama or off to some far flung part of the globe sharing his encylopedic knowledge of aikido with his foreign students. He was always there.


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Comments

  1. Bless him for his sincerity and humility as well as expertise. Shame on me for not taking more advantage of his generosity and hospitality.

  2. Thanks for reposting this. I was privileged to be corrected personally a few times and studied for years with his students. The value of that foundation only becomes apparent with time.

  3. Even now he is still teaching. True teachers never die as their teachings carry on in all who study them.
    I have the dvds ken, jo and tai-jutsu which are mentioned in the article and I’m proud to learn and carry on the teachings.
    Never trained with Saito Sensei but have with Hitohiro Sensei who is an excellent teacher. I have gained a lot and my Aikido has moved on so much. 31 jo kata was something I saw for the first time 2 years ago. Had never seen suburi practice. Never had Dame shouted at me. It was wonderful and opened my eyes to a whole new world as I had not practiced weapons before.