May
30

Seigo Yamaguchi: “A Seminar in Paris” and Christian Tissier: “An Aikido Odyssey!”

Two extraordinary DVDs, Seigo Yamaguchi’s “A Seminar in Paris” and Christian Tissier’s “An Aikido Odyssey!,” comprise this week’s special offer available for only $24.95 during the sale.

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May
29

“Sword and Brush Lives On,” Nev Sagiba

Thankfully, the early half of my life involved lots of physical activity and some measure of the old way to effect balance with the arts and sciences.

When, finally I decided to get a computer to store my writing as being more efficient, it was a testing time. Moving between keyboard, mouse and screen to buki and taijutsu and back felt very challenging, and whilst building up the link between the two dimensions, I began to understand the demands experienced by Dr. Who, the Time Lord.

And yet it was the reconciliation of this very disparity that enabled both sets of abilities, despite the immense discomfort of CHANGE, to augment and expand skills exponentially. Patience with fine motor coordination and immediately explosive kinesthesia stopped warring and became collaborating friends.

The ancients knew this!
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May
28

“Initiative is key!” by The Martial Arts Guru

“Practice in this way, over time, will help develop the initiative in your movement and presence. Once you are comfortable with these concepts taking your aikido to the next level will gradually happen and new avenues will start showing up. You will start to notice you can affect your partner from further distances and even take his mind before the physical technique even happens.”

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May
27

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “How I Started Aikido”

Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin describes how he began aikido in Southern California back in 1962. This is the story of how the witnessing of an act of violence changed the course of a young man’s life. Who could have imagined back then how his life could have been transformed through this new martial art that was almost totally unknown at the time?

Thousands of other videos, articles, interviews, and more are available here

May
26

“Aikido – What are the benefits of regular training,” by Dunken Francis

“Everyone has their own personal motivation when they decide to take up a martial art, and I believe a good Sensei provides a framework whereby each student can follow their own true path on what can often be a journey that lasts a lifetime.”

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May
26

“Landing page” showcases Aikido Journal Weekly Specials

In the last couple of months we have been using what are referred to as “landing pages” to showcase the various discounted offers we have been making. The use of this sort of device in Internet marketing has become very widespread. These pages are sometimes called “squeeze pages,” a term which may be more appropriate for aikidoka!

Here we can spotlight the offer in a very appealing way and explain the products in detail to our readers. We can also provide links to additional information that will help potential customers see what benefits a purchase would have for them. Examples are embedded videos, links to screenshots, catalog descriptions, pdf files, etc.

Everything is in one place and concentrates attention on the special in question. Check out the link below for this week’s special and to see a landing pages in action. Watch out for the “squeeze”!

Landing page for Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars” Special for this week

May
26

Recommended reading: “Our Country as a Martial Nation,” by Onisaburo Deguchi

Onisaburo Deguchi

The article below by Onisaburo Deguchi, Co-Founder of the Omoto religion and spiritual teacher of Morihei Ueshiba, 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.

Mr. Ueshiba, a man who fortunately has received holy technique from the gods and who is their instrument in the governing of Japan during this period of crisis of our divine nation, is back again at the headquarters and making it the main center of his activities. This is the first step toward the realization of a world as it was planned to be [by the gods] in the holy realms.

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May
25

Highlights of Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars, Volume 5″ DVD

Click here to view Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars, Volume 5″
highlights video, part of this week’s special sale!

May
25

Recommended reading: “Interview With Mitsunari Kanai Sensei (2)”

The interview below with the late Mitsunari Kanai Sensei of Boston 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.

[O-Sensei] would throw the uchideshi, (live-in disciples), with very little in the way of explanation and we would grasp what we could of the feeling of the technique while we were flying through the air. We were budo people, so I think that’s the way it should be. Without trying to keep everything very rigid in our minds, like “1 plus 1 is 2″, we learned and progressed on our own by being thrown by the master and feeling his technique. Then we’d throw our partner with that same feeling. That’s how it should be, I think.

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May
24

Gallery of Screenshots from Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars, Volume 5″ DVD on Facebook

Screenshot from Morihiro Saito's "Lost Seminars, Volume 5" DVD

We have just uploaded a selection of 26 fascinating screenshots from Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars, Volume 5″ DVD on our Facebook page. Both “Lost Seminars, Volumes 5 & 6″ are available for only $24.95 during Aikido Journal’s weekly sale.

Click here for more information and to order

Aikido Journal is making every effort to reach out to as wide an audience as possible through these special weekly offers at extremely affordable prices. Materials such as these belong in your reference library. Through conscientious study you will become a better aikidoka.

Click here for album of screenshots from Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars, Volume 5″ DVD on Facebook!

Thank you!

Stanley Pranin

May
24

Recommended reading: “A Revisionist View of Aikido History” 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.

The other day one of our readers was kind enough to send along a page from an issue of the International Aikido Newsletter published in December 1994. I believe this newsletter is a publication of the European Aikido Federation. It contained answers by a well-known 8th dan shihan, in reply to questions posed by participants at a recent Dutch Summer School that he conducted. One of the questions reads as follows: “Why doesn’t the instruction of aikido include training with weapons?” To this query, the shihan responded…

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May
23

Get instruction from Morihiro Saito Sensei

Morihiro Saito at seminar in California in 2000

Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) was one of the closest and most gifted of the thousands of students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He began his training in Iwama in 1946 and became of the most highly regarded aikido teachers of the postwar generation. Saito Sensei authored more than 10 technical books on aikido and conducted over 100 international seminars during his lengthy career. He was noted for his superb technical ability and exceptional teaching skills.

Our special for this week contains two information-packed DVDs by Saito Sensei. The DVDs we are offering are titled “Lost Seminars, Volumes 5 & 6.” These DVDs are detailed records of seminars conducted by Saito Sensei in 1991 and 1992 in California, USA. Literally scores of techniques are presented with detailed explanations, fully translated into English.

The “Lost Seminars” DVD series constitute an amazing store of technical reference material edited specifically for the serious aikido practitioner. One of the most difficult aspects of achieving long-term improvement in the art rests on finding a good teacher. Saito Sensei’s reputation as one of aikido most skilled technicians and communicators is well-known. Though he has left us, his legacy survives through film documents such as these DVDs. They are very useful because they afford you a close-up, intimate view of Saito Sensei and his instruction. Every word he speaks in Japanese appears on the screen in English. You can review his teachings over and over to master every fine point.

Click here for more information and to order this week’s special offer