Video: Aiki Ken and Jo — “The unending debate on Aikido and Weapons… Where do you stand?”

Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin offers a video blog in which he discusses the issue of whether or not Aikido training should involve the practice of weapons. He provides some historical background on Morihei Ueshiba’s study of weapons, and explains the reasoning for the two major stands on this subject. One school of thought is that because the Founder Morihei Ueshiba was keenly interested in practicing weapons from at least the 1930s forward, and taught his Aiki Ken and Jo forms to his students — notably Morihiro Saito — after the war in Iwama, weapons training should be considered an integral part of aikido…

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