Jan
29

Minoru Mochizuki: “The Man Who Brought Aikido to France!”

Minoru Mochizuki was a leading student of judo founder Jigoro Kano sent to study with O-Sensei in 1930. Mochizuki Sensei underwent rigorous training in numerous martial styles during his career and created Yoseikan Budo, an eclectic martial art incorporating aikido, judo, karate, swordsmanship, and other arts. He was one of the only students to have learned extensively from both Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba. Mochizuki Sensei was the first person to introduce aikido to France in 1951.

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Jan
29

Rare video of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei in Germany

This is a rare video of Hirokazu Kobayashi (1929-1998), 8th dan, taken in the 1980s in Germany. Kobayashi Sensei began aikido training in the early 1950s in Osaka. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba would frequently visit his Osaka Dojo. Kobayashi also spent some time studying in Iwama in the early 1950s. He also had a close relationship with Kenji Tomiki and Tetsuro Nakayama in Osaka…

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Jan
28

Aikido Journal Podcast #1: Guest — Pat Hendricks of Aikido of San Leandro

This episode of the Aikido Journal Podcast hosted by Stanley Pranin features guest Pat Hendricks, 7th dan, of Aikido of San Leandro. Pat and Stan each briefly describe their career in aikido and connection with Morihiro Saito Shihan of Iwama. Pat Hendricks and Stanley Pranin will conduct a joint aikido seminar in Las Vegas March 9-10, 2013. Both also talk about the topics and training they will present at the event…”

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Jan
28

2nd Aikido Friendship Demo: “A Rare Collegial Assembly of Aikido Luminaries”

Five unforgettable lecture demonstrations were presented at the 1986 Aiki News Friendship Demonstration in Tokyo by these famous teachers: Minoru Mochizuki, Gozo Shioda, Morihiro Saito, Yoshio Sugino, and Kenji Shimizu. Here are some highlights…

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Jan
28

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 26 – Rokku No Ken Suburi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 26th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi, and the 6th in a series of 7 articles on the Aiki Ken Suburi. All articles in the series are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Rokku No Suburi

In this article on the Aiki Ken, we examine Rokku No Suburi, which is the sixth of the Aiki Ken Suburi. In summary, Rokku No Suburi adds a thrust to a combination of previously studied strikes and movements, representing the first in a two-part culmination of the study of Aiki Ken Suburi. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 9 major sections:

  1. Ni no suburi
  2. Thrust
  3. The yokomen strike from Go no suburi
  4. Thrust
  5. Pivot and shomen strike
  6. Thrust
  7. The yokomen strike from Go no suburi
  8. Thrust
  9. Pivot and shomen strike

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Jan
28

Video: Sadateru Arikawa, 9th dan, conducts seminar in Paris in 1994

This is a rare video featuring highlights of a seminar conducted in Paris by Sadateru Arikawa Sensei in 1994. The uke appearing in this clip is Tiki Shewan. This video includes the following material: Shisei & Ashisabaki (Ayumiashi, Okuriashi, formal walking, etc.), Shomen-uchi Iriminage, Suwariwaza Kokyu-ho, Ikkyo Katatedori, and Morotedori Kokyuho.

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Jan
27

Morihiro Saito explains the importance of Morihei’s long-hidden technical manual at 2nd Friendship Demonstration in 1986

“Anyone attending a seminar conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei during his active years will have noted him frequently referring to a small illustrated manual. In fact, Saito Sensei would often open this booklet to the page illustrative of his teaching point and walk from student to student showing the technique in question for a brief moment. He would repeat over and over, “O-Sensei! O-Sensei!,” as if to validate his technical explanation with the stamp of approval of the ultimate authority—Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido. What is this modest technical compendium that Saito Sensei consulted constantly and held in such high regard?”

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Jan
27

Migration to new server complete!

We would like to thank you very much for your patience during the past week while we were updating to a new server. There are a few more tweeks left to be done, but for the most part the transition is complete. We hope you enjoy the new experience as there should be a noticeable speed increase across all of our website. Also, we will now resume our regular newsletter mailings.

Stanley Pranin

Jan
27

Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei Ueshiba’s Ill-starred Mongolian Expedition,” by Stanley Pranin

In this screencast, Stanley Pranin tells the fascinating story behind a rare photograph of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba taken in 1924 in Mongolia. The fact that this photo has survived is nothing less than a miracle!

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Jan
26

“When I faced O-Sensei, his eyes appeared large and his ‘ki’ came towards me with great energy”

Thinking, “He’s driving into me,” Rinjiro let out a shout, “Ii eh ii!”, from the bottom of his core, readied his hand blade and shortening the distance himself, moved to strike preemptively. Mind, spirit and body were unified. Certain victory with a single stroke… He expected his hand to strike the top of Morihei’s head, but instantly Morihei moved his body and slipped behind him. He earnestly launched another cut and a fist, but all of them cut the air as if it had been prearranged. Morihei, who was weaving his way around, wasn’t hit at all; Rinjiro couldn’t even lay a hand on him.

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Jan
23

Update on Aikido Journal Server Status

We will need a few more days to resolve the difficulties we have been having with our websites. In the last half a year traffic to Aikido Journal sites has doubled and we have outgrown our present server. Also, we are fixing some software issues that primarily affect the Members site.

Here’s what to expect. In the next few days, we will be migrating to a much more robust server with several times the capacity of our present setup. The Members site will have a new theme and will change in appearance and should have a far better response time.

We should be operational during the transition but we need to keep traffic down during this phase so as not to overload the present server.

We appreciate your understanding of our current situation and thank you for your phenomenal support of Aikido Journal!

I will keep you posted on our progress.

Stanley Pranin

Jan
22

Morihei’s Ueshiba Juku, Launchpad of a Martial Arts Career, by Stanley Pranin

The second myth was that Morihei Ueshiba had something akin to a “star” status within the Omoto religion that placed him almost on a par with Onisaburo Deguchi, and that he was somehow a “non-member” member of the sect. (1) This view, too-in retrospect absurd on its face-proved easily refutable after a cursory research into Morihei’s involvement in the religious sect. In this article, I will focus on the events surrounding the launch of Morihei Ueshiba’s career as a martial artist on opening his “Ueshiba Juku” in 1920, and the role of Onisaburo Deguchi, co-founder of the Omoto religion, in introducing the aikido founder as a “martial art kami (deity)” to the rapidly growing Omoto religious network..

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