Jan
17

Video: Just for Fun! Sherlock Holmes in a Wing Chun-laced boxing match!

From Wikipedia: “In the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, based on a story by Lionel Wigram and images by John Watkiss,[65] directed by Guy Ritchie, the role of Holmes is performed by Robert Downey, Jr. with Jude Law portraying Watson. It is a reinterpretation which heavily focuses on Holmes’s more anti-social personality traits as an unkempt eccentric with a brilliant analytical mind and formidable martial abilities, making this a very cynical incarnation of Holmes. Robert Downey Jr. won the Golden Globe Award for his portrayal.[66] Downey Jr. returned in the 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”…

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Jan
16

Morihiro Saito: “A skinny 18-year old country lad learns the inner secrets of Morihei’s art”

The Iwama aikido curriculum as disseminated by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, has its roots in the techniques taught by Founder Morihei Ueshiba in the postwar era in Iwama, a small town in the countryside of Ibaragi Prefecture. This rare photo taken c. 1955 provides a fascinating glimps of those who supported Morihei and his wife.

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Jan
16

Video: Nobuyuki Watanabe, 8th dan – Fake or real? You be the judge!…

Nobuyuki Watanabe is an 8th dan instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan appears in this video clips from the 1987 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. He is known for his soft, no-touch style of aikido that leaves viewers scratching their heads about his technique. Watanabe Sensei’s unique aikido has come under close scrutiny and many deride his approach.

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Jan
16

Ebook: “Takemusu Aiki — Koshinage” by Morihiro Saito

This ebook consists of a rare technical manual originally published in 1981 containing a detailed treatise on the koshinage techniques of aikido. A total of 26 koshinage-hip-throw techniques-are presented with sequential photos accompanied by both English and Japanese explanations. This volume is the most complete compendium available on this portion of the aikido curriculum by one of the art’s most famous masters.

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Jan
16

“Aikido and Weapons: The Last Word?” by Stanley Pranin

The answer to the question of whether or not aikido includes weapons training depends then on the definition of the authority you consult. There is no universally accepted agreement on what aikido is, either technically or philosophically. Moreover, the average practitioner looks to his immediate instructor as the final authority on the subject of the art.

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Jan
15

Video: Katsuyuki Shimamoto, 8th Dan Aikikai, in Holland (2011)

Katsuyuki Shimamoto Sensei, an 8th dan Aikikai shihan, is also a practicing Soto Zen-Buddhist Priest. A student of late Kisaburo Osawa Sensei, he practices a style of Aikido that is sometimes soft and fluid, and sometimes very sharp and direct.

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Jan
15

Morihei Ueshiba: “True Budo is a Work of Love”

This image of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, bearing his profound message was inspired by a remarkable video appearing on the TED website. Its amazing content will touch you deeply. O-Sensei’s universal message of harmony has the same potential to spread across political boundaries and reach the hearts of individuals all over the world. Feel free share it freely.

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Jan
14

Video: Hayato Osawa demonstrates Yokomenuchi Shihonage

Hayato Osawa, 7th dan, instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, demonstrates yokomenuchi shihonage at the USAF Summer Camp in 2010. You will notice the important role of atemi in his setup of uke prior to throwing.

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Jan
14

Video: Pat Hendricks, 7th dan, instructs at Aiki Expo 2002

This video offers highlights of Pat Hendricks Sensei’s seminars at Aiki Expo 2002 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her precise teaching approach and lucid explanations are on display at her well-attended seminars at the event. Scenes covering both taijutsu and aiki weapons are included in this video. Her own dojo, Aikido of San Leandro, attracts students from all over the world, including Japan. Pat Hendricks will be conducting a joint aikido seminar with Stanley Pranin in Las Vegas, March 9-10, 2013…”

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Jan
14

Shoji Nishio Interview: “In hot water with O-Sensei and Kisshomaru”

“One day, when a guest came it happened that he explained the drawing and I was told to give it to him. But when I looked at the present Doshu he made a negative gesture. I think it was because once O-Sensei began talking about the drawing the conversation would be long and would be an imposition on the guest since he wouldn’t understand it. I was in hot water. One of them told me to bring it and the other, the opposite…”

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Jan
13

Video: Seishiro Endo, 8th dan, at the 48th All-Japan Aikido Demonstration (2010)

This video features a demonstration by 8th dan Seishiro Endo Sensei of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Here he displays his soft approach to aikido and extreme sensitivity. Endo Sensei was one of the last generation of junior instructors cycling through the Aikikai while Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba was still alive. He is now one of the senior instructors within the Aikikai system. This video clip offers a good opportunity to study his advanced approach to the art based on nearly 50 years of experience.

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Jan
13

Shoji Nishio: “An Innovative Aikido Based On Martial Integrity”

“When Nishio explained the use of atemi in aikido techniques he demonstrated their application at successive points in the movement showing that they are always available. No physical contact actually takes place in order to assure safe practice conditions. The movement corresponding to the atemi does indeed neutralize the opponent’s mind and body rendering him unable to continue his attack…”

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