Aug
07

The Inimitable Seigo Yamaguchi instructing at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo c. 1975

“Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most important of the
first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era.”

This is a color 8mm film of Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan, shot by Alain Guerrier during a class at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo c. 1975. The quality is quite good considering the early date of this video.

Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Having now become nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.

Yamaguchi Sensei’s aikido had a unique flavor that was appealing to thousands of aikidoka who came into contact with him during his long teaching career. His style was characterized by a powerful, spontaneous technique adapted freely to rapidly changing circumstances

Click here to watch this excellent video of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei

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