Morihiro Saito: “Faithfully preserving the Founder’s Techniques…”

The last performer of the day was Morihiro Saito Sensei of Iwama, custodian of the Aiki Shrine. Saito Sensei offered a comment about how it was perfectly natural for many styles of Aikido to evolve and how they could all be considered authentic. He stressed that he regarded his personal role as being to preserve the techniques he learned from the Founder. He gave a demonstration which traced the historical development of various techniques from the prewar period (using as a reference point the 1938 book by O-Sensei entitled “Budo”) up until the latter years of the Founder’s life. This was then followed by an explanation of the relationships between taijutsu, jo and ken techniques.

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