Video: Superb Seigo Yamaguchi Demo from 1988!

“The Legendary Seigo Yamaguchi in action!”
We have just uploaded a rare six-minute video clip of Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan, to the Aikido Journal Members Site. This particular demonstration took place in Tokyo in 1988. Yamaguchi Sensei presents an outstanding performance with numerous taijutsu and sword techniques.

Seigo Yamaguchi was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Having now become nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.

It is by viewing such high-level aikido by great instructors such as Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei that today’s practitioners can pick up important hints to speed their own progress in the art.

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Aikido Journal has a remarkable DVD of Seigo Yamaguchi teaching a packed seminar in Paris in 1987. This is a must-have video 97-minutes long filled with amazing demonstrations by this top expert.

“Yamaguchi Sensei’s style was characterized by a powerful, spontaneous technique adapted freely to rapidly changing circumstances. His movements ranging from soft to explosive must be seen to be appreciated.”

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  1. …Watching the really good folks is a good way to judge your own progress. As a beginner I thought I was watching magic. Now I see method…

  2. Great video – I recognize some of the uke in this! Two were my senpai and early teachers when I was first introduced to aikido: In the Promo-Still shot is Suzuki Yasuyuki Sensei, 6th dan and I think he’s the third uke. First uke, with bokuto, (I’m told) is Yamaguchi Sensei’s son, Tetsu. Second uke, is Seino Takayuki Sensei, promoted to 7th dan in 2008. Seino Sensei and Suzuki Sensei were students of Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan and trained often with his teacher, Yamaguchi Sensei.

    When I began training, taking ukemi from Seino Sensei and Yasu Sensei completely blew my mind. What nice guys and great teachers those two are.

    I apologize for my personal trip down memory lane here…

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