Jun
27

Dynamic 8th dan! Hiroshi Tada, 9th dan, demonstrates his dynamic jo forms

In this video shot in Italy, Hiroshi Tada Sensei, 9th dan, demonstrates jonage, and jo kata that include paired forms. Tada Sensei’s use of the jo is unique and complements his dynamic taijutsu techniques. Hiroshi Tada is one of the last remaining of the postwar generation of instructors developed at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo under the direction of Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei. His aikido is based on a dynamic, continuous connection with his partner

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Jun
26

Some teachers permit this deplorable state of affairs! “Aikido and Injuries,” by Stanley Pranin

In this video shot in Italy, Hiroshi Tada Sensei, 9th dan, demonstrates jonage, and jo kata that include paired forms. Tada Sensei’s use of the jo is unique and complements his dynamic taijutsu techniques. Hiroshi Tada is one of the last remaining of the postwar generation of instructors developed at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo under the direction of Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei. His aikido is based on a dynamic, continuous connection with his partner…

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Jun
26

A few copies left! Original Morihiro Saito’s 1981 Koshinage Technical Manual

Stanley Pranin describes this little known manual on Aikido’s koshinage — hip throws — of which a few original copies have been recently discovered. This book consists of a rare technical manual originally published in 1981 containing a detailed treatise on the koshinage techniques. A total of 26 koshinage 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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Jun
26

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


Contents of Aiki News Number 34, May 1979

- “Doshu Seriously Ill”
- Editorial – “The Generation Gap,” by Stanley Pranin
- Interview with Morihiro Saito (3), by Stanley Pranin
- Morihiro Saito Technical Notebook (3) — Katatedori Dai-sankyo omote waza, Katatedori
- Dai-sankyo omote waza, by Morihiro Saito
- Kawaridane Nihonjin (3): “Bokuto ni shinken, no hikari,” by Kazuhiko Ikeda
- The Founder of Aikido: “Family Background in Tanabe, Kii Province” (Chapter 2, Part 1), by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

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Jun
26

You will be surprised! “50 techniques that Morihei Ueshiba taught that we know about with certainty!”

In 1987, Morihiro Saito made a high-quality video in which he explained and demonstrated the 50 techniques of Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 training manual titled “Budo.” Nothing like this had ever done before. Suddenly, the aikido world was taking notice of the fact that there were indeed historical records that documented the Founder’s technical evolution culminating in the birth of modern aikido. While certainly not a mainstream practice, serious aikidoka have in recent years been exploring the technical content of “Budo” to glean a better understanding of Morihei Ueshiba’s technical odyssey and the rationale for modern techniques…

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Jun
25

Viral message of peace! Share Morihei Ueshiba’s words: “True Budo is a Work of Love”

This image of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, bearing his profound message was inspired by this 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. Please share it freely…”

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Jun
24

Morihiro Saito: “Learn all about Aikido’s hip throws!”

Stanley Pranin describes this little known manual on Aikido’s koshinage — hip throws — of which a few original copies have been recently discovered. This book consists of a rare technical manual originally published in 1981 containing a detailed treatise on the koshinage techniques. A total of 26 koshinage 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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Jun
23

Must See! Rumiko Hayes — “More Martial Magic of the Diminutive Ninja Lady!”

This video presents another inspiring display of this incredible martial artist. Rumiko Hayes’ perfectly timed soft-style manuevers take advantage of positional and anatomical weaknesses to control her opponent. These movements are beyond style and much martial wisdom awaits the careful observer!…

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Jun
23

Yoga is the answer! “How I solved my chronic back problem,” by Stanley Pranin

In retrospect, I took a big risk in writing this article. I was 52 years old at the time and still capable of training at a high level. However, with the passage of time, I too would enter the dreaded realm of “seniordom” and join the “old foggies” club. What if I was no longer capable of vigorious training? I would have to eat my words, and be equally guilty of hypocrisy! I would have to steathily remove that old damning editorial from our archives, and drop the subject altogether lest I be taken to task…

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Jun
22

Historical photos: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei and Morihiro Saito at Self-Defense Force demonstration c. 1955

Here are three unpublished photos from the personal collection of Morihiro Saito taken c. 1955. Morihei is aged 71 years and Saito Sensei is about 27 years old. Although the exact location is unknown, it appears as though the event is taking place at a Self-Defense Force facility due to the presence of uniformed observers…

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Jun
22

“Surprising is the fact the “Budo” contains a large number of weapons techniques”

Fully one-third of the book features techniques executed using the knife, sword, spear and mock-bayonet. There are a number of identifiable influences that bear on the inclusion of these weapon techniques. One is the fact that Ueshiba was at the very time of the compilation of Budo experimenting with the sword techniques of the Kashima Shinto-ryu school….

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Jun
21

Free PDF download: Aiki News Number 82, October 1989

Excerpted from interview with Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei from Aiki News #82: Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei was born in Yubetsu, Hokkaido in 1902. He began formal study of Daito-ryu under Sokaku Takeda at age 11. He received an instructor’s license from Takeda in 1932. After that he traveled with his teacher to various locations as his assistant. One of the most prominent deshi of Sokaku Takeda, he is 85 years old this year. Sagawa Sensei’s unbelievable technique is the product of his long training experience. Presently his teaching at a dojo attached to his home in Kodaira City, a suburb of Tokyo. On February 20, 1987, the AIKI NEWS staff observed a class conducted by Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei of Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu for about two and a half hours. The following is an interview conducted after the class….

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