O-Sensei’s Weapons Legacy: Morihiro Saito: Aiki Ken, hi-res video

“The Aiki Ken legacy taught in Iwama in the postwar
years by the Founder Morihei Ueshiba”

This is the first of a two-DVD set covering most of the Iwama Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo curriculum expertly demonstrated by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. These ken forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Iwama during the years immediately following World War II. This video provides detailed instruction on the Aiki Ken, as well as demonstrations of each sword movement in an easily-understood manner.


  • 7 ken suburi – solo basic sword striking, turning and thrusting movements.
  • Ki musubi no tachi – paired sword blending exercise.
  • 5 kumitachi – paired sword kata containing striking, blending and thrusting movements
  • Henka no tachi – paired practices with variations of the kumitachi

Sample explanations by Saito Sensei from the video:

I would like to explain the Ken suburi to you. Among the basic ken practices left by the founder are the ki musubi no tachi and the five kumitachi. Since the kumitachi are quite complicated, you must learn the basic seven suburi in order to aviod being confused and to be able to safely practice the kumitachi. I formulated seven suburi practices by selecting movements from the seven kumitachi. You must practice the suburi an sufficient amount in order to exucute the kumitachi safely. I will now perform the suburi.

The first suburi. Let me explain the first suburi. Follow the aiki kumitachi start with the sword held at the center level in a horizontal position in order to exucute a decisive movement. The first suburi represents an important exercise for the learning the decisive movement in sword practices. Thus we stop the sword in the decisive postition in the first suburi….

Japanese narration, complete English subtitles

Duration: 30:29
File size: 460 mb
Frame size: 720 x 480

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