Feb
05

The best in aikido reading material to keep you busy for years!

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Aikido Journal, and its predecessor Aiki News, were published continuously from 1974-2000. During that time, 119 issues, and more than 4,000 pages were produced. Every issue, every page, has been preserved on our back issue DVD. However, we have a great number of loyal readers who have blessed us with their support over the years. Some of these customers already have this back issue DVD and many of the products we offer.

In an effort to avoid any duplication of gift items, we have expanded the options and complimentary products available to those readers who subscribe or renew for two years.

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Feb
05

Recommended reading: “Interview with Mitsugi Saotome (1)” 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 practiced judo when I was in high school. I was taken to the Kuwamori Dojo with an introduction from my judo teacher because he thought aikido would be suitable for me. That’s when I learned about aikido for the first time. At that time Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei was teaching the class. I was bigger than I am now and weighed about 190 pounds. I used to win judo matches in Tokyo. After the class, Yamaguchi Sensei told me to grab his fingers. The moment I grabbed them I was thrown. I didn’t know how it happened and thought I had fallen by myself by tripping on a corner of the tatami mats. So I asked him to do it again. I think I was thrown four or five times. He threw me with his fingers and also when I grabbed his shoulder. This is how I started the art.

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Feb
05

“What a nerve..,” by Steve Wildash

“I suppose my very first encounter with the concept of vital points must have been around the late sixties early seventies where the new TV show Star trek was aired on the BBC and watching this Vulcan guy Spock for the first time gripping the side of an assortment of alien necks, causing them to collapse in a heap was truly fascinating captain. Many years later the likes of George Dillman and others gave their take on the phenomenon known as the one touch knock-out, all based around these so called pressure points..”

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Feb
04

“Teaching is Learning,” by Shinichi Tohei

“In Shinshin Toitsu Aikido training, ‘teaching’ is not merely transferring knowledge and showing techniques, but is communicating so that the students become able to do it. The instructor may believe that he has taught enough, but it does not mean actual teaching unless the students become able to do it as a result.

Of-course the learning attitude of students is important. However, this time I am talking about the basic attitude of the instructors. Teaching is not just ‘one-way’, but is ‘interactive – (two-way)’.”

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Feb
04

“Bibliography Blog for Aikido Journal,” by Clark Bateman

Hello, book buffs! As you have probably already noticed if you receive the daily AJ newsletter, I’ve recently been doing quite a bit of updating to the Online Aikido Bibliography here on the AJ website. Most of it has been minor tweaks to information, or the additional notations of newfound editions of existing listings, re-publications, etc. There are also a few new listings for recent new titles, with a couple more just about to hit the stands.

I try not to add to the database in big chunks, preferring to do the upkeep in a continuous low-key fashion that one would barely notice, but I have lagged behind recently, so it was time to catch up. It is my personal mission that this bibliography be the penultimate source for info on Aikido books. With Stan’s gracious support and encouragement, I am happy with the results so far, and I hope that it is, and will continue to be, an oft-used resource for all you Aiki-inclined out there.

One other task that I have completed at long last is to include in each of the 300 or so listings at least a few descriptive words in the way of summary. My next, and much more daunting, task is to see that each of the more important titles has at least one review, and hopefully more than one. This is where each of you can help. The bibliography has an easy-to-use facility by which you can contribute new titles, and also submit your own reviews and ratings for any listings already present. I’m not going to be able to do this all by myself, and I can’t imagine that any of you wants to know what I alone think about each title, anyway. So, how about pitching in with some reviews of your own?
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Feb
03

Recommended reading: “Interview with Hiroshi Ikeda” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei from 1995 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.

Well, it started with my teacher, Mitsugi Saotome Sensei. He was the instructor at my aikido club when I was a student at Kokugakuin University. I guess that was about 27 years ago, and I’ve been with him ever since. After he relocated to the United States, he asked me if I would consider coming over as well. That was about nineteen years ago, in 1976. I went straight to Florida, and Saotome Sensei then moved to Washington, D.C. I stayed in Florida practicing for two years, then came to Boulder.

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.

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Feb
03

“Reality Based Scenarios,” by Kasey Keckeisen

“If you are going to incorporate scenario training into your repertoire (Train as Romans do) there are a couple things to consider.
You want to make the training as real as can be safely done. To do it right you will need to spend at least three hours of preparation for every hour of training. The first part of preparation is the development of the scenarios. I like to start with a few clear training objectives and then work from there. What situation would illicit the response we are training for? Situations the trainees are likely to face – train for what happens most and you can handle most of what happens.”

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Feb
02

Recommended reading: “The Body is the Temple of the Spirit,” by Stanley Pranin

Stanley Pranin took a lot of heat when this editorial was published back in 1997. What is your take on this subject?

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.

You can see your aikido past, present, and future at this demonstration. From the playful little children to the teetering old men, you can see the entire range of aikido experience encapsulated. If you follow the teachings of your sensei and the example of your seniors, this is how you will look at all stages of your aikido career. Neat, isn’t it? You can rewind and fast-forward through your aikido life in a single afternoon merely by allowing your eyes to scan the mats. This being the case, I have a question to ask: if I train diligently over a lifetime in accordance with the principles of aikido, how come I still end up a stiff, decrepit old man? After all, in aikido we exercise our bodies regularly over a period of many years while others lead sedentary lives. How is it that we too end up in such sad shape?”

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.

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Feb
02

“What’s In Your Fanny Pack?,” by Brad Parker

“There is a guy I used to be on the Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue team with who we affectionately call ‘Captain Planet’, but his real nickname should be either ‘Trouble Magnet’ or ‘Trauma Magnet’.

It seems that something dramatic always happens to him. And it mostly happens when he is off-duty. Whenever he steps outside someone is getting in a fight or getting run down by a vehicle in front of him.

There is another guy I know nicknamed ‘Frostie’. Similar to Captain Planet, Frostie can’t go anywhere without drama unfolding all around him. Car accidents, crimes in progress, damsels in distress, even someone falling off a cliff. These all happen right in front of Frostie.

For the rest of us, our daily lives aren’t quite as exciting, but you never know when trouble is going to come your way or cross your path.”

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Feb
01

24-hour Sale: O-Sensei’s “Divine Techniques” DVD + Book on Spiritual Master Onisaburo Deguchi for $19.95!

We have another outstanding offer for you with this week’s special. It includes one of the finest DVDs of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, “Divine Techniques,” plus an in-depth biography of O-Sensei’s spiritual master Onisaburo Deguchi. Both are available for the price of $19.95, a phenomenal offer available for 24 hours!

“Divine Techniques” consists of a collection of 12 films of O-Sensei-several of them in color-from the period of 1962 to shortly before his death in 1969. The Founder’s majestic form moves effortlessly amidst his youthful attackers in a wonderful display of the highest level of aikido. This DVD also includes a heretofore unpublished audio recording of the Founder’s actual voice with complete English subtitles. This recording contains excerpts from an unpublished taped interview of the Founder made c. 1965 in which he talks about the unusual circumstances of his birth, and his spiritual possesion by a martial deity that determined the course of his long career. Amazing stuff!

The book titled, “The Great Onisaburo Deguchi” was written by Kyotaro Deguchi, Onisaburo’s grandson. The scope of Deguchi’s life and achievements is truly superhuman. A prolific writer, poet, calligrapher, sculptor, and ceramist, Onisaburo left a vast cultural and artistic legacy that is truly awe-inspiring! Onisaburo was the spiritual master who most influenced Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Morihei drew heavily from Onisaburo’s teachings in the creation of his ethically-based aikido.

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Divine Techniques
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Feb
01

“Intelligence Gathering for Personal Safety,” by Tom Givens

“My dictionary defines ‘intelligence’ as follows: ’1. Capacity for understanding and for other forms of adaptive behavior; aptitude for grasping truths, facts, meanings; 2. Good mental capacity; 3. The faculty of understanding; 6. The gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information; 7. A staff of persons engaged in obtaining such information’.

The selected definitions listed above accurately reflect what we mean when we refer to gathering personal intelligence. Make no mistake—the law-abiding populace of this country is at war with the criminal sub-culture, and the gathering of accurate intelligence on the enemy’s identity, location, and strength is a vital part of planning your overall defensive strategy. Unless you are aware of the threat, how can you plan to counter it?”

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