Mar
29

Popular! Video: Stanley Pranin’s “Nasty Nikyo”

“I think of applying the pressure on the fingers right back at uke’s center. Uke is bent over and completely destabilized.” Recently, we posted a video with a demonstration and explanation of an especially effective nikyo shown by Stanley Pranin. Uke will usually fall backward. Many people have commented on nikyo done in this manner…

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Mar
28

Morihei Ueshiba: “I am what I am because I trained hard style for 60 years. What can you do?”

There are many people who don’t understand the meaning of “hard” and “soft.” “Hard” means to do the technique firmly with a soft movement. But people tend to train in a jerky way. And when people do soft training they do it in a lifeless way. Soft movements should be filled with the strongest “ki”… FREE DOWNLOAD THROUGH MARCH 31

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Mar
28

Video: Hiroyuki Sanada: Interview with star of “Tasogare Seibei” and “The Last Samurai”

This video consists of an interview in English with Hiroyuki Sanada, star of “Tasogare Seibei” (The Twilight Samurai) about his impressions and experiences of filming this classic samurai film. Sanada also had a prominent role in “The Last Samurai” starring Tom Cruise as the latter’s rival in swordsmanship…

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Mar
28

Morihiro Saito: “Learning to fight for the benefit of society”

There was this old man doing strange techniques up in the mountains near Iwama. Some people said he did karate, while a judo teacher told me his art was called “Ueshiba-ryu judo.” It was frightening up there and I was afraid to go. I had a very strange feeling about the place. It was eerie, but some of my friends and I agreed to go up and have a look. However, my friends got cold feet and failed to show up. So I went alone…

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Mar
28

“I immediately showed it to my teacher Morihiro Saito who had no idea that such a document existed.”

This is just a cursory glance at the revealing contents of “Budo,” one of aikido’s real technical treasures. If you look at the photos and explanations carefully you will discover many hints that will improve your execution of aikido techniques.

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Mar
28

Video: Aikido versus outside low kick

One example of Aikido defense against outside low (leg) kick using application of “extend ki” and adaptation of the “unbendable arm” principle to become “unbendable leg.” Demonstration by Enso Aikido Dojo…

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Mar
28

Photo: “Steven Seagal can’t lift Koichi Tohei!”

Although Koichi Tohei is treated by many Aikido practitioners as someone who does “a different brand” (or some other minmization), Tohei had some innovative ideas that I think the other styles would do well to borrow, particularly in light of the recent (and very late) realization that many of the “ki” things Tohei speaks of are substantive and they are essential components of Aikido techniques…

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Mar
27

Morihiro Saito: “Atemi Everywhere!

One of the immediate obvious characteristics of “Budo” is the frequent appearance of “atemi” or combative strikes used by Morihei during the setup and execution of techniques. In the postwar era, the use of atemi became less frequent and was downright discouraged within the Aikikai system as being excessively violent and counter to the harmonious nature of aikido.

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Mar
27

Video: Richard Moon Sensei demonstrates backward ukemi

A guide to the basics of rolling, for teachers even more than students, especially for those who help beginners learning Aikido. Introducing the fundamentals of ukemi: the art of rolling. Learn the diagonal path that protects the head and neck and allows for a safe practice. How to train the body to find that path naturally…

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Mar
27

Morihei’s Revolutionary Training Manual: “Straight from the Founder’s Mouth!” by Stanley Pranin

When I discovered Morihei’s little 1938 training manual during an interview in 1981, little did I realize how important a find it was. I immediately showed it to my teacher Morihiro Saito who had no idea that such a document existed. Saito Sensei was delighted at the discovery because “Budo” contained irrefutable evidence that his way of teaching in Iwama was faithful to the Founder’s curriculum as he had learned it after the war directly from Morihei…

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Mar
27

Morihiro Saito Sensei’s authored several of the most highly regarded technical books on aikido

Starting with his “Traditional Aikido” series from the early 1970s to his final “Takemusu Aikido” volumes published in the 1990s, Morihiro Saito authored more than 10 technical works, which taken together, provide the most extensive collection of techniques comprising aikido’s curriculum.

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Mar
27

Why did O-Sensei choose the name “Aikido” for his art? The best answer wins a prize…

The name of “Aikido,” though perhaps not a household word, is widely known by the public, especially those who are interested in martial arts. The founder of Aikido was Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), often referred to reverently as “O-Sensei,” a man born in Meiji era Japan. The art itself has achieved a certain degree of popularity after World War II, and was spread to many different countries…

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