Nov
13

“A young blond woman on center stage with Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, at the Nippon Budokan”

This is a classic demonstration of ken-tai-jo forms by Morihiro Saito Shihan and Pat Hendricks at the 1994 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan. It was unusual for any high-ranked Japanese instructor to use a foreign uke in a demonstration. That Pat Hendricks was chosen on this occasion is a reflection of her long devotion towards her teacher, and Saito Sensei’s high regard for her efforts. Now many years later, Pat Hendricks has come to be regarded as one of aikido’s finest instructors in her own right…

Click here to view the video of Morihiro Saito and Pat Hendricks demonstrating ken-tai-jo at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration in 1994

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