Jun
07

Video Trailer of Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aikido” DVD

Here is the video trailer of one of the most important visual documents to have survived that captures the marvelous aikido of Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The DVD is titled “Takemusu Aikido” and contains precious historical footage of O-Sensei from the years of 1952-1958.

Both “Takemusu Aikido” and another outstanding program, “Aikido Pioneers: Postwar Greats,” are on sale for only $24.95 during our popular Weekly Sale. The “Aikido Pioneers: Postwar Greats” DVD features rare films of Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Morihiro Saito, and Gozo Shioda. These famous figures played a major role in shaping aikido as we know it today.

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Jun
07

Gallery of 37 screenshots from Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aikido” DVD

We have just uploaded a selection of 37 excellent screenshots from Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aikido” DVD on our Facebook page. Both this DVD and “Aikido Pioneers: Postwar Greats” are available for only $24.95 during our Weekly Sale.

These two DVDs include outstanding footage of Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Morihiro Saito, and Gozo Shioda… legendary teachers’ whose names are immediately recognizable to aikidoka the world over. The tireless efforts of these individuals in formalizing and spreading their diverse styles of aikido have captured the interest of hundreds of thousands of practitioners, and literally transformed countless lives.

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.

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Thank you!

Stanley Pranin

Jun
07

Recommended reading: “Interview with Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba,” by Stanley Pranin

Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999)

The interview below with Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. It was conducted by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin in 1978 following the publication of the Doshu’s biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the most authoritative source on the Founder of Aikido. Kisshomaru talks about his research and the challenges he had in writing this book.

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 the Founder.

There are many people who idolize Morihei Ueshiba as “almighty” or as a kami (a divine being). I think it’s a fine thing as long as it inspires hard training. However, as long as he’s a human being, he cannot be almighty. So I think the most important thing in aikido is to cultivate your own individuality, or rather, better individual characteristics through one’s own aiki training having an understanding of the efforts made by the Founder to construct the aiki path.

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Jun
06

Special Sale: Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aikido” and “Aikido Classics: Postwar Greats!”

This week’s offer consists of two DVDs featuring Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The first DVD, titled “Takemusu Aikido,” contains some of the best footage of O-Sensei to have survived. Its content covers the period when many consider the Founder to be at his peak. The second offering is a spectacular DVD titled “Aikido Classics: Postwar Greats” that features rare historical footage, not only of O-Sensei, but the following Aikido greats: Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Morihiro Saito, and Gozo Shioda. Having this precious film material at your fingertips will inspire you in your training, and provide endless opportunities to study the technique of the leading experts who popularized Aikido in the postwar era.

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Jun
06

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “I have an epic story to tell you!”

In this newly uploaded video blog, Editor Stanley Pranin gives a tour of the Aikido Journal website and describes the range of available resources. He also explains how readers can begin receiving our free newsletter, and a free 4-hour audio lecture on aikido history.

Jun
06

Morihiro Saito Sensei: “An inspiring teacher sharing his encyclopedic knowledge!”

Imagine being able to turn back the clock and be present at a seminar given by an Aikido great of a bygone era. Imagine being taught by Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, up close and personal and being able to understand every word he speaks in English. Imagine no more as this opportunity does indeed exist! Think of the possibilities to improve your Aikido practice and teaching skills!

This 7-DVD set captures the contents of many of the seminars conducted by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, during his foreign travels in the period of 1985-1994. A study of these excellent materials will provide aficionados of Iwama Aikido and in-depth glimpse of the teaching methodology of this great instructor, one of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s closest disciples. This set includes more than 14 hours of seminar footage and literally hundreds of techniques. Each DVD contains complete English subtitles allowing viewers to closely follow Saito Sensei’s instruction.

The “Lost Seminars” featuring Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th dan!

Jun
04

This Old Man Must Keep Practicing

Resting on laurels is one of the most dangerous of self-deceptions than can corrode the life of a human being.

It leads to stagnant rot and complacency.

Individuals boast of “once having,” done this or that. Or that they, “used to,” “do wonders,” that usually they no longer can. So they tell tall tales that cannot be proven, to impress others and massage their own ego.

The fact remains, what the brain thinks, the inactive body forgets how to. The active body can, however, over time, make it possible! Simply try, and keep repeating. The law of great nature is: Use it or lose it! More so: Use it often and it will improve over time.
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Jun
03

Passing of Yukio Kawahara Sensei, 8th Dan

Yukio Kawahara Sensei (1940-2011)

Aikiweb.com has reported the passing of Yukio Kawahara Sensei, 8th dan, Chief Instructor of British Columbia Aikido Federation on Thursday, June 2. Below is a short biography of Kawahara Sensei from the British Columbia Aikido Federation website.

“Kawahara Shihan (8th dan) is the Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation and the British Columbia Aikido Federation. He has been designated by the Hombu Dojo in Japan as their official representative to Canada.

Kawahara Shihan began Aikido in the 1950′s as a student of Bansen Tanaka in Osaka. Tanaka Shihan started studying with O’Sensei in 1935 and continued until the War. After WWII he built the Osaka Aikikai in 1951 under O’Sensei’s direction. O’Sensei would frequently stay in Osaka for extended periods during those years.

Before coming to Canada in 1975 Kawahara Shihan taught for a period in Taiwan. His first 2 years in Canada were spent in Montreal but he re-located to the West Coast in 1977. Since that time he has travelled extensively to encourage the growth of Aikido in Canada. He also teaches a yearly summer camp in British Columbia that draws participants from across the continent as well as from overseas. The first of these camps was held in 1979 in the small town of New Denver. Since that time the camp has grown and included such guest instructors as the present Doshu, Fujita, Miyamoto, Masuda, and Osawa Shihans from Hombu dojo as well as North American Shihan such as Yamada, Kanai, Chiba, Tohei, and Sugano.”

Aikido Journal wishes to add its condolences to Kawahara Sensei’s family and students.

Jun
02

“Aikido and hips,” by Bartłomiej Gajowiec

“Hips are the very centre of aikido. Almost all the stability of a human body is based upon those joints. The way they are, the way they live and how elastic they are and what range of movement they have, are the main factors of fluent and harmonic movement and general fitness.

All aikido techniques are based upon hips… The ability to use it in a correct way is one of the secrets of aiki. To apply them well, to use them in an ergonomic way – conscious control over the pelvic region is required.”

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Jun
02

Gallery of screenshots from Christian Tissier’s “An Aikido Odyssey” DVD

We have just uploaded a selection of 31 fascinating screenshots from Christian Tissier’s “An Aikido Odyssey” DVD on our Facebook page. Both this DVD and Seigo Yamaguchi’s “A Seminar in Paris” DVD are available for only $24.95 during Aikido Journal’s weekly sale.

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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 Christian Tissier’s “An Aikido Odyssey” DVD on Facebook!

Jun
01

“The reasons for the success of Japanese martial arts in the west,” by Guillaume Erard

[W]e could even argue that Japanese martial arts represented a journey back to the source of what real sport ought to be. Of course, in addition to the purely physical appeal, the gentlemanly character of the fighters of that time was drawn to the slightly egocentric considerations of perfection and self-improvement carried by budo.”

“[T]here is an obvious protectionism operated by the Japanese regarding the transmission of their secrets, especially regarding warfare. Even within Japan, the transmission of the secret fighting techniques within the koryu (古流) was very restricted and selective.”

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Jun
01

Video trailer of Christian Tissier’s “An Aikido Odyssey”

Our offer for this week’s sale consists of two information-packed DVDs, each excellent examples of “flowing aikido,” as demonstrated and taught by two towering figures of the aikido world: Seigo Yamaguchi, and his brilliant student, Christian Tissier. Both DVDs contain an abundance of instructional footage offering unique perspectives on aikido principles and techniques to which you may never have been exposed. For this reason, their potential value to you, the devoted aikido practitioner, is immense.

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