Apr
05

AJ Weekly Special: “Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo on DVD!”


We have another excellent offer for you with this week’s special. The first product is a DVD by Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo titled “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Basics, Part 2.” This video is the second of a 2-DVD set providing expert instruction in the fundamental forms of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the art that forms the basis for the majority of Morihei Ueshiba’s techniques. Daito-ryu, the creation of famous jujutsu expert Sokaku Takeda, was one of the most important budo of 20th century Japan and left an indelible mark on modern aikido.

The second video you receive as a bonus is a DVD showcasing one of the most significant aiki-related arts events ever held. This demonstration commemorates the 50th anniversary of Sokaku Takeda Sensei’s death. Held on October 4, 1992 at the Nippon Budokan, this unforgettable exhibition includes performances by some of the top practitioners of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, aikido, and classical Japanese martial arts.

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Apr
05

“SILENCE STILLNESS,” by Will Gable

“SILENCE STILLNESS can run counter to what the self survival mind demands because it has no survival agendas. In our high tech, hyper adrenaline, life styles we are caught in the ‘need to know’ instant gratification orientation and most will take nothing less as they are ‘online’ with the global communication nets and so linked in people seem to have a hard time truly slowing down their life energies. If we are to awaken our spirits awareness/consciousness, we need to slow down the tendency towards distraction no matter to what level it seems to be pulling our attention. This is where SILENCE STILLNESS can be a powerful ally. Living in the midst of probably the most vivid, distractive culture in many millennium one is being bombarded constantly by the multitude of vibrations running through the air, with all the stations vying for our allegiance of attention.”

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Apr
04

“Self Victory,” by Gregor Erdmann

“We are our most ardent and intimate critic and that is a good thing. We are the only ones equipped with both the insight, and driving force which can shape our progress and development as humans.

To guide our growth on the path most beneficial to ourselves and in fact the world, it is important to recognize the concept of self victory.”

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Apr
03

Recommended reading: “Interview with Kenji Tomiki (2)” 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.

You may remember that American President Theodore Roosevelt had acted as a go-between in mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese War. He was at that time pro-Japan and he became aware of the existence of jujutsu here in Japan, and actually became very interested in spreading it in America. He invited Kano Sensei’s number one student, a man named Yoshiaki Yamashita to come to America and teach judo. The person who acted as contact man for all of this was Admiral Takeshita. Later this same Takeshita invited Ueshiba Sensei to come up to Tokyo. [Read more...]

Apr
02

“How to receive the Aikido Journal newsletter,” by Stanley Pranin

Since the cessation of our daily newsletter some weeks ago, many of you have written asking how you can again begin receiving regular mailings from Aikido Journal. We are now sending out newsletters on a somewhat less frequent basis using our email management partner Aweber, one of the leaders in this field. This has the added advantage of providing us with a host of useful statistics to allow us to better serve our readership.

If you are not currently receiving our free newsletter and would like to, simply enter your name and email address in the box titled “Free Audio Lecture” just below the navigation menu to the right here on the Aikido Journal start page. In addition to receiving announcements several times per week, you will gain access to an in-depth audio lecture and a series of important historical articles free of charge.

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Apr
01

“Martial Arts, Aikido and Peace?” by George Ledyard

The article below by Seattle-based George Ledyard 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.

“What is at the heart of this violence? Fear; pure and simple. No matter how complex the reasoning is behind some individual fight, societal conflict, large scale war, the basic cause can always traced to fear. Fear of what one might ask? Fear of everything, really. If we essentially cannot come to terms with the nature of reality, then almost every aspect of that reality can cause us to be reminded of what we are trying so hard not to acknowledge.”

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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