“Morihiro Saito’s electric Aiki Ken demonstration in
front of 5,000 people at the Budokan in Tokyo!”
Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, gave an outstanding Aiki Ken exhibition at the 1989 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Some 5,000 people were on hand to witness this historic demonstration. His uke on this occasion were Hiroki Nemoto, Kenji Shibata, and Hitohiro Saito, all 5th dan at this time.
Saito Sensei’s electric performance includes the following content: Ki Musubi no Tachi Sayu Awase, 5 Kumitachi, and lastly, the Kumitachi no Henka. The Ki Musubi Tachi is a special paired sword practice that includes several fundamental blending (awase), parrying and striking movements. It is one of the most dynamic of the Aiki Ken exercises. The five kumitachi, also paired sword practices, are an elaborate set of sword exercises with a partner that teach most of the blending, striking, and parrying basics of the Aiki Ken. Finally, the Kumitachi no Henka, are variations of the basic kumitachi that can be executed at different points in the kata. These latter henka are infrequently taught, and thus the opportunity to see them demonstrated by father and son on this occasion is a rare one indeed. This film is of unusually high quality having been shot with one of the best prosumer video cameras of the day. In addition, all of the action scenes are repeated in slow motion to allow viewers to focus on detail.
Morihiro Saito Sensei needs no introduction. He began training with Morihei Ueshiba at the Founder’s country dojo in Iwama in 1946 at the age of 18. Saito Sensei was one of the closest students of the Founder during a period of time when few Japanese had the luxury of practicing martial arts. During his years as Morihei’s student, he also learned Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo techniques directly from the Founder. Saito Sensei is considered by most to be the preeminent master of aikido weapons. He left an elaborate ken and jo curriculum built upon the foundation he acquired from his training with Morihei Ueshiba.
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