Archives for January 7, 2013


Video: Stephanie Yap and Kaspar Jensen perform 31 Kumi Jo in Iwama

In this video, Stephanie Yap and Kaspar Jensen perform the 31 Kumi Jo in Iwama. This kata was devised by Morihiro Saito Sensei to allow paired practice of the movements of the 31-jo kata. Stephanie Yap Sensei earned a 6th degree black belt and the Menkyo Kaiden in Aiki-Ken and Aiki-Jo which were awarded to her by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan.

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O-Sensei’s Spiritual Writings: Where did they really come from?” by Stanley Pranin

The published books containing quotations attributed to Morihei Ueshiba available in various Western languages are based on “sanitized” Japanese versions of Morihei’s words. They have been edited and simplified with an eye to presenting text accesible to modern readers, but are devoid of many of those terms and metaphors actually used by the founder of aikido which failed to match the tenor of the times.

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Aikido Journal Podcast #2: Guest — Pat Hendricks — Q & A Session

This is the second episode of the Aikido Journal Podcast hosted by Stanley Pranin features guest Pat Hendricks, 7th dan, of Aikido of San Leandro. In Part 2, Pat and Stan answer five questions submitted by readers on various aikido-related subjects.
Questions addressed:

  • Safe return to aikido after long illness and injuries
  • Shuriken practice in aikido
  • Basic technique vs. ki no nagare
  • “Traditional” aikido and evolutionary changes introduced by Hitohiro Saito Sensei
  • Is morotedori kokyuho a sensible technique to practice?

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