Oct
29

“Kanshu Sunadomari’s mind-blowing performance at the 1st Friendship Demonstration,” by Stanley Pranin

“He had a peculiar way of using his wrist and
forearm to break uke’s balance with impeccable timing.”

It turns out we needn’t have worried because Sunadomari Sensei gave one of the most unusual and polished performances I had ever seen. His aikido was totally different from any other. Kanshu Sensei’s technique was dynamic and flowing with a great emphasis on the principle of kokyu. He had a peculiar way of using his wrist and forearm to break uke’s balance with impeccable timing. Kanshu was a small man, but it was obvious he had discovered some subtle ways of generating power that no one had seen before. He also showed bokken and jo kata that were completely original. Kanshu capped off his demonstration with several spectacular multiple-attack defenses that were superbly executed…

Click here to read “Kanshu Sunadomari’s mind-blowing performance at the 1st Friendship Demonstration,” by Stanley Pranin

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Comments

  1. Jack Hosie says:

    Pranin sensei. I just want to say thank you for this article and the aforementioned video of Sunadomari sensei, a truly remarkable man, aikido practitioner, and teacher. Even now when I watch him, I am amazed at his humble demeanour and exquisite skill, I still find it breathtakingly simply elegant, his book “Enlightenment through Aikido,” is for me mandatory reading and study, it is quite sad that he did not receive the exposure and recognition he deserved, for his diligent study on the principles of aiki and the life and teachings of Morihei Ueshiba sensei.

    Please continue this invaluable work you do.
    Regards and best wishes.

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