Spotlight on one of Aikido’s most historic events

“It’s never happened before or since…”

How many times did the likes of Morihiro Saito, Gozo Shioda, Minoru Mochizuki, Yoshio Sugino, and Kenji Shimizu demonstrate together on the same stage? Only once, on October 25, 1986. Aiki News, the forerunner of Aikido Journal, organized and sponsored the event known as the “2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration.” We have the video of the complete demonstration for you, fully translated into English.

Imagine the impact on your training had you been able to be there in person. Alas, all but one of these martial arts’ greats have left us. But their visual and spoken record remains intact for posterity, and you have access to it now.

A closer look at the participating senseis…

Morihiro Saito: 9th dan, and one of aikido’s most respected teachers. Saito Sensei was one of O-Sensei’s closest students and achieved worldwide recognition due to his numerous international seminars and the publication of many authoritative technical books.

Gozo Shioda: One of O-Sensei’s most skilled students from the prewar era and founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. Shioda Sensei taught an effective, martial-style of aikido that attracted tens of thousands of students over his long teaching career. He is also the author of numerous technical manuals on Yoshinkan Aikido.

Minoru Mochizuki: A leading student of judo founder Jigoro Kano sent to study with O-Sensei in 1930. Mochizuki Sensei underwent rigorous training in numerous martial styles during his career and created Yoseikan Budo, an eclectic martial art incorporating aikido, judo, karate, swordsmanship, and other arts. He was one of the only students to have learned extensively from both Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba.

Yoshio Sugino: A judo and Katori Shinto-ryu master who studied under O-Sensei in the prewar era. Sugino Sensei was one of Japan’s most famous martial artists, and choreographed the fighting scenes in Kurosawa movies such as “The Seven Samurai,” “Yojimbo,” and others.

Kenji Shimizu: One of the last and most talented students of O-Sensei who came to aikido after a successful judo career. Shimizu Sensei later created Tendokan Aikido, and developed a following of thousands of students throughout Europe.

Why are these DVDs a must for your collection?

A careful study of the 2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration DVDs will fill in important gaps in your understanding of aikido’s roots and evolution into its modern form. These videos contain a wealth of information on aikido and koryu techniques, as well as explanations of key principles necessary for a well-rounded development in the martial arts, from which you will greatly benefit. Although all but one of these senseis have since passed on, their legacies live on through documents such as these DVDs that are readily accessible to Aikido Journal readers. Now is your opportunity to deepen your study and further hone your skills. It will soon show in your dojo training!

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