This week’s special package includes two documents essential to an understanding of Morihei Ueshiba’s early career. His herculean efforts during this turbulent period of prewar Japan culminated in the creation of aikido. The first item we offer is our DVD titled “Aiki Budo,” which includes the rare 1935 Asahi News film in its entirety. Morihei Ueshiba presents an incredible demonstration at the age of 51 in the Asahi News dojo in Osaka. This is the only film from this era to have survived. If you have never seen it before, you will be quite amazed at the fluidity and dynamism of Morihei’s techniques.
Next, our package features Stanley Pranin’s seminal book “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era,” which contains carefully edited and footnoted interviews with 20 of Morihei’s closest disciples prior to World War II. Collectively, these first-hand witnesses to the process of the creation of aikido present a detailed recounting of the highlights of the Founder’s career and deep insight into his complex character.
The scope of “Pioneers” is extensive and we have prepared a 90-page PDF file containing approximately one third of the book’s contents. This will provide you with an excellent idea of what you can expect and why this important work belongs in your collection.