Video: Hitohiro Saito demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2005 in Los Angeles, California

“The Extraordinarily Talented Son of
Morihiro Saito Displays his Remarkable Skills!”

Duration: 5:30 minutes
Access: Free through Thursday, March 15

Aiki Expo 2005 attracted some of the finest martial artists from Japan and the USA to Los Angeles, California where the event was held.. Among the famous aikido figures on hand was Hitohiro Saito, the son and successor of Morihiro Saito, who needs no introduction. Hitohiro Sensei was born in Iwama and trained at Morihei Ueshiba’s country dojo starting from a young age. He has many fond memories of O-Sensei from boyhood that still inspire him today.

Hitohiro Sensei learned from his father at an early age. Being of a strong disposition, extremely intelligent and hard-working, he mastered the vast array of technical skills of the Iwama curriculum under the tutelage of his father.

Following Morihiro Saito’s death in 2002, Hitohiro Sensei became independent of the Aikikai organization and founded the Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai. In recent years, he has continued his heavy schedule of foreign travel teaching the Iwama training curriculum and has an extensive network of dojos under his direction. He has continued refining and disseminating the taijutsu and weapons techniques devised by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and his father Morihiro Saito.

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  1. Michael C says:

    Thank you for showing this video. I often wonder why Hitohiro Saito Sensei isn’t featured more often on this website, given his link to Iwama style and the focus you put on placing this style in a historical and legitimate context. Thanks again for sharing this awesome footage.
    Best Wises, Michael.

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