Discovery of 1964 Film of Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito!

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“Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito in Iwama, 1964.”

Aikido Journal recently discovered a rare video clip filmed in Iwama, the location of Morihei Ueshiba’s country dojo and the famous Aiki Shrine, in 1964. The Founder O-Sensei appears here with his devoted student, Morihiro Saito, one of the most outstanding figures in the postwar development of aikido.

The scenery consists of the rice fields and woods near the Aiki Shrine. O-Sensei often trained outdoors in this manner and Morihiro Saito was frequently his training partner.

The slideshow offered here of key still shots from the film will convey an idea of the atmosphere and scenery of the video. This is a remarkable find and we are archiving this video clip so that Aikido Journal readers may access it and the thousands of other documents awaiting them on the Aikido Journal Members Site. Expect much more of this sort of historical documents on a continuing basis. A subscription to the Aikido Journal Members Site is the best investment that an aikidoka can make!

More outstanding film of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba available as downloadable videos here


  1. …imo, at some point you have to decide whether you are trying to do O Sensei’s aikido. If you are, well, unlike in the past, you actually can see what it was. Getting to that point, of course, is another question…

    • Very interesting to see Saito Sensei’s very respectfull uchideshi behavior. Where he stands relative to O’Sensei as they walk. I always had a hard time figuring out where to stand, which side, behind Pat Hendricks Sensei to and from morning weapons class at Lake Chabot Park. Weapons side or non-weapons side. She told me several times but I always got confused. :-)

      • Some Japanese customs seem ridiculous in American society. I know of one American Hanshi that insists on being called by his first name, on and off the mats. To me, that is how it ought to be…

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