Gallery of Screenshots from Morihei Ueshiba’s 1935 Asahi News Film

“30 magnificent stills from Morihei Ueshiba’s Film Masterpiece!”

We have posted on Facebook an exciting series of screenshots from the famous 1935 “Aiki Budo” film, the only surviving film document from the prewar era. This video featuring Morihei at the age of 51 years was shot in Osaka at the Asahi News Dojo. One is struck by the modernity of many of the techniques and the “ki no nagare” like style of execution.

Morihei demonstrates numerous suwariwaza, hanza handachi (hanmi handachi), tachiwaza, multiple attacks, and sword and bayonet techniques. His partners are Shigemi Yonekawa and Tsutomu Yukawa. There are also brief appearances by Takuma Hisa and Rinjiro Shirata. Most of the techniques are advanced and performed in a flowing style building up to a spectacular multiple attack finale!

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Morihei Ueshiba’s 1935 film on DVD

Morihei Ueshiba’s 1935 film as a downloadable video


  1. So, O Sensei maintained that aikido was a way toward peace through harmony. Rowell Sensei yesterday made the connection between victory over oneself, an old martial precept, internal harmony and absence of external contention. O Sensei said something similar. I’m in a bit of a hurry just now, so simply imagine if people could blend with others in daily life, living harmoniously (but righteously) in society. Possibly a long path to peace, but a worthwhile start, agreed?

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