Apr
26

Video: Powerful and Athletic – Donovan Waite Sensei Demonstration in Chile (1992)

This is a video demonstration of the powerful technique of Donovan Waite Sensei shot in Chile in 1992. Donovan Waite was an uchideshi of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei of the New York Aikikai and is one of the leading instructors of the United States Aikido Federation…

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Apr
26

Free pdf download of Aiki News #79: “Look what’s inside!”

Contents

● Editorial – Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: The Present State of Affairs by Stanley Pranin
● Katsuyuki Kondo Interview , by Stanley Pranin
● Kiyoshi Nakakura Interview (2), by Stanley Pranin
● Response to John Stevens (2), by Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Daitokan
● Japanese for Aikidoka
● Essay on Jigoro Kano of Judo, by Minoru Mochizuki
● Morihei Ueshiba Biography (8), by Kanemoto Sunadomari
● Sokaku Takeda Biography (6), by Tokimune Takeda
● An Aikido Life (2), by Gozo Shioda
● Essay on “Gorin no Sho”, by Toshio Watanabe
● Heard in the Dojo
● Letters to the Editor

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Apr
25

“Morihei springs into the air as he leads the class in his intense warm-up routine!”

This is an amazing still that captures Morihei in mid-air having executed a two-fisted thrust downward. Look at the width and muscularity of his back. In this film from 1955, Morihei leads the class in a series of seldom seen warmups…

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Apr
25

“Morihei applies a powerful sankyo to a very young Koichi Tohei”

Morihei controls Koichi Tohei with one hand in this rare film. This film was made for Tohei Sensei to take to Hawaii on his first visit in 1953…

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Apr
25

Morihei Ueshiba: “The Aim of Aiki is to Banish Fighting, Warfare and Violence.”

During and immediately after the war, Morihei had for the first time in years the opportunity to devote himself to farming, personal training, and meditation. It was in this country village, far from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, that Morihei formulated the concept of “Takemusu Aiki.” This was an expression of his ideal of the highest level of aikido where techniques perfectly suited to the immediate circumstances surge forth spontaneously. These techniques were infused with Morihei’s heartfelt belief that the true purpose of Aikido is to banish, fighting, warfare and violence…

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Apr
25

Highlight of the Documentary: “A masterful demonstration by Ueshiba O-Sensei with Nobuyoshi Tamura as uke”

The Master Ueshiba proceeds to demonstrate his craft… and what an amazing performance it is! His uke in much of the demonstration is Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei, who was a young uchideshi at the Aikikai when this film was shot.

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Apr
25

“Cooperation During Demonstrations,” by Stanley Pranin

Several of the viewers of the O-Sensei films, one of them in fact being my father, had the following reaction upon seeing the movies: “This is nonsense, the attackers are all cooperating with the old man!” Well, how would you respond to that sort of deflating comment directed at the founder of Aikido, one of your life’s heroes? This especially when a careful viewing of many sections of the films indeed reveals what appears to be half-hearted, weak attacks often delivered late after O-Sensei has already begun to move…

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Apr
24

Magnificent Aikido: Nobuyoshi Tamura in Rotterdam

An extraordinary video of the late Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei, 8th dan, explaining and demonstrating a very high level technique of a sophistication seldom seen. Tamura Sensei was one of the most skilled teachers of the postwar era. He was dispatched to France in 1964 and spent the rest of his career as one of the major aikido instructors in Europe…

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Apr
24

“Who is this guy Herman… and why does he want to challenge Koichi Tohei Sensei?!”

Curiosity gets the better of Herman who challenges Koichi Tohei to a “match.” 190 pounds vs. 126 pounds! How will this end?!

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Apr
24

Foreign invasion: “The unimaginable scene at the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1958″

The stalwart Americans are accepted as students and begin their aikido training under the tutelage of Morihei’s son Kisshomaru, and Koichi Tohei. Like all beginners, they appear rather awkward and find practice quite challenging.

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Apr
24

Rendez-vous with Adventure: “O-Sensei Meets the Cowboys”

When I first saw the “Rendez-vous with Adventure” film featuring Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Two “cowboys” from America — actually documentary film producers — are welcomed into the inner sanctum of the Ueshiba home and the Aikikai Hombu Dojo during their visit in 1958… The Master Ueshiba proceeds to demonstrate his craft… and what an amazing performance it is!…

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Apr
24

Morihei in prewar Osaka: “One old-timer Referred to O-Sensei’s Kiai as ‘Other-worldly!…”

Morihei launches a defense against about 12 attackers in this still shot toward the end of the film. His movement is accompanied by a loud, high-pitched kiai which focuses his attention and disturbs the concentration of his attackers…

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