This video features Kenji Shimizu, one of the last generation of Aikikai instructors under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Shimizu Sensei had a strong judo background and quickly came up through the ranks in his early aikido career. He was one of Morihei Ueshiba’s favorite uke during O-Sensei’s latter years. A few years after the Founder’s passing, Shimizu became independent of the Aikikai and established “Tendokan Aikido” centered in his private dojo in Tokyo.
Since the late 1970s, Shimizu Sensei has traveled extensively, mainly to Europe, where he has large student bases in several countries. He was also a participant in the 2nd Friendship Demonstration sponsored by Aiki News is 1986. Shimizu co-authored a book titled Zen and Aikido with Shigeo Kamata of Tokyo University.
Shimizu Sensei’s aikido is both powerful and graceful at the same time. His ability to blend is exemplary and his technical repertoire varied, partially due to his judo background, which is revealed in certain throws. As this is a promotional film, the production quality is very high and there are many spectacular techniques displayed.
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