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This is the famous NHK film documentary shot on location in Iwama and at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1973. Morihiro Saito was the chief instructor of the Iwama Dojo and Guardian of the Aiki Shrine from 1969 until his passing in 2002. There are a many actions scenes inside and outside the old Iwama Dojo including a splendid demonstration by Morihiro Saito Sensei.
This period represents the heyday of the Iwama Dojo when the first wave of foreign students began to live and the train as uchideshi. Since then, thousands of Japanese and foreigners alike have come to train in this dojo established by Morihei Ueshiba. Among the early American aikidoka that appear are Bill Witt and Hans Goto.
The power and precision of the art of Saito Sensei is captured on film in vivid detail. At a young and vigorous age of 45, his mastery of empty-handed and weapon techniques is extraordinary to behold. The final multiple-attack scene that takes place outdoors in the fields of the Iwama property is classic!
File size: 243 mb
Frame size: 720 x 480
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