Jan
19

Historical photo: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and Morihiro Saito at Self-Defense Force demo c. 1955

“Venturing out to demonstrate Aikido during the early years of the art”

We have uploaded three unpublished photos from the personal collection of Morihiro Saito taken c. 1955. Morihei is aged 71 years and Saito Sensei is about 27 years old. Although the exact location is unknown, it appears as though the event is taking place at a Self-Defense Force facility due to the presence of uniformed observers.

Saito Sensei would accompany O-Sensei frequently during this period as his partner for demonstrations. One of the main reasons this was possible was his flexible work schedule. Saito Sensei was an employee of the Japanese National Railways working on a 24-hour on 24-hour off schedule. In this respect, he was unique among Morihei’s senior students in Iwama whose training was constrained by their job commitments.

Also of note is the fact Morihei is demonstrating using the bokken with Saito Sensei as his partner. Before well before the advent of the war, Morihei was keenly interested in both the ken and jo and would practice these weapons regularly in Iwama in addition to taijutsu training in the dojo. Saito Sensei had the good fortune of being able to learn the Founder’s weapons techniques on a one-on-one basis during outdoor training. Few of Morihei’s students in Iwama from that era learned this important part of aikido’s curriculum.

Access: free through Saturday, January 21

Aikido Journal Members Site subscribers: If you are already a subscriber, click here to login and view the rare photos of Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito demonstrating c. 1955

Not yet a member? Please enter your name and email address below to gain instant access to this item and the hundreds of other free aikido-related documents that await you!

Name:
Email:

Aikido Journal Members Site
For nearly 40 years, we have been researching and documenting every aspect of Aikido!
We hate spam just as much as you

Speak Your Mind

*