We are now offering Aikido Journal readers the ability to download a fascinating early lecture on aikido history by Editor Stanley Pranin. This lecture was presented back in September, 1983 in Tokyo before the Japan Martial Arts Society.
Do you know about the activities of the prestigious Japan Martial Arts Society? You should. It was a group of foreigners–you will immediately recognize many of their names–who practiced martial arts in Japan who got together for regular presentations and demonstrations about Japanese martial arts. They also published newsletters for many years that contained well-researched articles on these arts. On the aikido side of things, Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Yoshinkan Aikido Founder Gozo Shioda both lectured and demonstrated before the JMAS group.
Do yourself a favor and get up-to-speed on the background and outstanding figures in the world of aikido by exploring the Aikido Journal Members Site!