Audio: Kisshomaru Ueshiba Interview, May 30, 1978

“1st interview of Kisshomaru Ueshiba by Stanley Pranin”

This audio is the complete recording of an interview of Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999), Second Aikido Doshu, conducted by Stanley Pranin with the assistance of interpreter Midori Yamamoto on May 30, 1978. It took place in Doshu’s home situated next to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

As the son and successor of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei played a pivotal role in aikido history. From 1942 while still a student of Waseda University when he was given administrative control over the old Kobukan Dojo up through his passing in 1999, Kisshomaru Sensei left an indelible stamp on the evolution of postwar aikido, both organizationally and technically.

Doshu was also the foremost historian of aikido having experienced first-hand many important historical events, and being on familiar terms with most of the key figures of the early era of the art. As such, this interview is an historically important document as Doshu discusses the circumstances surrounding the writing of his biography of his father Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, and various aspects of the evolution of O-Sensei’s art.

Non-Japanese speakers should not hesitate to listen to this interview. All of the questions are posed in English by Stanley Pranin. Doshu’s responses are in Japanese. Also, the complete interview was published in English in an early edition of Aiki News–the forerunner of Aikido Journal–and is available below.

A revolution in the study of aikido history
Through the growing number of documents being added almost daily to the Aikido Journal Members Site, you are now able to access carefully organized information on every aspect of aikido that was previously unavailable. Now, as we systematically upload the actual audio recordings of Stanley Pranin’s interviews, you will have the ability to listen in on hundreds of fascinating conversations with the greatest figures in aikido history! Despite the fact that most of these interviews are conducted in Japanese, you will gain a clear insight into the personality and mode of expression of each teacher. Moreover, most of the interviews have been translated into English for those who wish to delve further in their research. Your time spent educating yourself by listening to these recordings will surely have a profound impact on your study of aikido!

File size: part 1, 41:16, 37 mb; part 2, 12:15, 11 mb
Format: mp3
Language: Japanese and English

Note: Please use a headset to listen to this interview for best comprehension.

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