Video: Kisaburo Osawa, 9th dan, at 1986 All-Japan Demonstration

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“9th dan Aikido Magician and Aikikai Hombu Dojo Director!”

Here are a series of video stills from a demonstration given by Kisaburo Osawa Sensei, 9th dan, at the 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. Osawa Sensei was known for his light touch and smooth technical execution, punctuated by sudden bursts of speed. He was 76 years of age at the time of this demonstration. Osawa Sensei had many devoted students at the Hombu Dojo from the 1950s through the early 1980s. He also traveled abroad on a number of occasions to conduct seminars.

Today, many younger practitioners are not familiar with Osawa Sensei’s technique or his importance in the postwar development of aikido. Not only was he an outstanding technician, Osawa Sensei wielded tremendous political influence within the Aikikai and, for many years, served as Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba’s closest advisor. Old-timers have told us over and over again of Osawa Sensei’s significant role within the Aikikai and mastery of diplomacy.

We encourage Aikido Journal readers to become familiar with key early figures of the aikido world such as Kisaburo Osawa Sensei for their actions on behalf of the art are responsible for the present-day status of aikido.

The video clip from which these stills were taken is featured on the Aikido Journal Members Site. Take a look at this demonstration and watch Osawa Sensei’s deft execution of technique to pick up many fine points about his art.

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  1. Thank you Stan! I only had one opportunity to see Osawa Sensei and it was memorable. The stills bring it all back. Ever since I have hoped to achieve his poise and posture.

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