Morihiro Saito presents “Budo,” O-Sensei’s 1938 Technical Manual!
This week’s special includes two treasures for those interested in studying directly the techniques taught by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The first item is a fascinating DVD titled “Budo: Commentary on the 1938 Training Manual of Morihei Ueshiba” by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, that is a recreation of all of the 50 techniques of Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 training manual “Budo.” This video is a gold mine for aikidoka desiring to go to the source and familiarize themselves with the actual techniques executed by the Founder, rather than the various derivative forms seen today.
The second product, titled Takemusu Aikido Special Edition: “Budo,” expands upon the contents of O-Sensei’s “Budo” manual, and contains the same material in book form. This manual by Saito Sensei takes you through the execution of O-Sensei’s techniques in great detail with numerous notes describing the evolution of the Founder’s thinking from the prewar to the postwar era. “Budo” the book, contains hundreds of photos of both O-Sensei and Saito Sensei demonstrating, and breaks down each technique for you in easy-to-follow steps.
“Budo” by Morihiro Saito, the DVD…
Budo: Commentary on the 1938 Training Manual of Morihei Ueshiba. In this remarkable program, Morihiro Saito Sensei reads and demonstrates the fifty techniques of “Budo,” the rare training manual of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei published originally in 1938. This privately published book was compiled as a gift to a member of Japan’s Royal Family. It is the only book ever published that features the Founder personally demonstrating and explaining aikido techniques.
All of the techniques of “Budo” are presented and include taijutsu, aiki ken and jo, spear and bayonet exercises. The Founder’s art at this point in time is closely related to the Takemusu Aiki period of Iwama immediately following World War II. This presentation is intended as the companion to “Takemusu Aikido Special Edition” which covers the techniques of “Budo” in great depth in book form. These are the authentic techniques of aikido created by its Founder as demonstrated by one of his foremost students. Complete English voiceover of Japanese explanations of Saito Sensei by Stanley Pranin.
“Budo” by Morihiro Saito, the Book…
Takemusu Aikido Special Edition: “Budo” presents an historical overview of the Founder’s aikido techniques from the time of the mid-1930s through the Iwama period following World War II. It is based on technical material contained in the manual entitled “Budo” published in 1938 by Morihei Ueshiba supplemented by detailed commentary by Morihiro Saito Shihan. The technical material in this volume includes preparatory exercises, basic techniques, knife (tantodori), and sword-taking techniques (tachidori), sword vs. sword forms (ken tai ken), mock-bayonet (juken) techniques, and finishing exercises (shumatsu dosa).
The book “Budo” also features a fascinating essay by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin on the history and background of the publication of Morihei Ueshiba’s prewar manual containing newly-discovered findings!
Editor’s Note • Introduction to Budo • Commentary on Budo
Kamae • Katatedori iriminage • Tai no henka (henko) • Katatedori kokyunage • Shumatsu dosa • Hiriki no yosei (Morotedori kokyuho) • Se no undo • Aiki no tanren (kokyunage) • Yokomen no tanren • Tsuki iriminage
Shomenuchi ikkyo omotewaza • Shomenuchi ikkyo urawaza ki no nagare • Shomenuchi kokyunage ki no nagare • Shomenuchi kotegaeshi ki no nagare • Shomenuchi nikyo urawaza • Shomenuchi sankyo urawaza
Yokomenuchi iriminage • Yokomenuchi shihonage • Yokomenuchi gokyo urawaza • Yokomenuchi nikyo urawaza • Yokomenuchi yonkyo omotewaza
Ryotedori shihonage omotewaza • Ryotedori shihonage urawaza • Ryotedori tenchinage ki no nagare
Ushiro eridori kokyunage (When Pulled) • Ushiro eridori katamewaza (When Pulled) • Ushiro eridori kokyunage (When Pushed) • Ushiro eridori kokyunage • Ushiro ryotedori kokyunage
Tachidori kotegaeshi • Ken shomenuchi • kokyunage • Tachidori kokyunage • Migi no henka • Hidari no henka • Yokomen Do Sayu no henka • Ken tai ken kote • Ken tai ken men 130 • Ken tai ken tsuki
Tanken tsuki kokyunage • Tankendori kotegaeshi • Tankendori gokyo urawaza
Juken • Yari
Juken tsuki kokyunage • Jukendori kokyunage • Juken tsuki rokkyo • Juken tsuki kokyunage • Juken tai juken • Yaridori kokyunage
Suwariwaza kokyuho 1 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 2 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 3 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 4
Who is Morihiro Saito?
Morihiro Saito, is a 9th degree black belt and author of the highly acclaimed technical series, Traditional Aikido. Saito Sensei enrolled as a student of aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in 1946. One of the art’s foremost technicians, he was the acknowledged authority on aikido weapons training. Saito Sensei operated Ueshiba’s private dojo in Iwama, Japan and served as guardian of the Aiki Shrine for over 30 years. He traveled extensively throughout the world teaching his comprehensive aikido methods during his long teaching career.
Why are this DVD and book so important?
This book is the only volume in which O-Sensei personally demonstrates his techniques. The contents of “Budo” are already very close to the techniques of modern aikido, and are thus an invaluable resource for those interested in understanding Morihei’s technical evolution. Saito Sensei comments on various changes made by the Founder in later years and the rationale for these refinements. A familiarity with “Budo” is a must for those striving to master higher-level aikido techniques.
Check out these links for more detailed information on the contents of this DVD and book.