Jun
17

Tetsuzan Kuroda: “Martial Artist of Impossible Skills!”

Tetsuzan Kuroda, the headmaster of the martial legacy of the Kuroda family, is one of the best known and respected of contemporary Japanese koryu practitioners. He is one of Japan’s finest swordsman, a master of a variety of classical weapons, and an adept in the soft-style Kuroda family jujutsu. One quickly runs out of superlatives when attempting to describe the skills of Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei. Watching Kuroda Sensei draw his sword is a stunning experience. It’s akin to a religious revelation where you humbly thank the Creator for allowing you to witness such a miracle of movement! This video was shot during Aiki Expo 2003…

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Jun
16

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog — “The Transition to Modern Aikido!”

With the aid of rare historical photos, Stanley Pranin describes the process of Morihei Ueshiba’s gradual modification of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques into the forms that would become the basis of modern aikido. The roles of Daito-ryu and Morihei’s teacher, Sokaku Takeda, in the evolution of aikido were for many years minimized before recently becoming well documented through Stanley Pranin’s published research…

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Jun
16

Free Download! Beautiful Morihei Ueshiba Portrait Wallpaper

It is our pleasure to offer you a a beautiful and inspiring wallpaper of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. This image is from one of the most famous photo portraits of Morihei Ueshiba. It was shot c. 1957 when the Founder was approximately 73 years of age. Morihei is seated facing forward, his gaze directly into the camera. His countenance reveals a man of great spiritual depth and worldly experience tinged with kindness. Included on the wallpaper is an inspirational saying of O-Sensei which reads as follows: “Aiki is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family”…

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Jun
16

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “From Aikijujutsu to Aikido!”

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“Morihei gradually distanced himself from the techniques of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu over a span of more than two decades”

With the aid of rare historical photos, Stanley Pranin describes the process of Morihei Ueshiba’s gradual modification of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques into the forms that would become the basis of modern aikido. The roles of Daito-ryu and Morihei’s teacher, Sokaku Takeda, in the evolution of aikido were for many years minimized before recently becoming well documented through Stanley Pranin’s published research.

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ABSOLUTE PROOF OF THE ROOTS OF
MODERN AIKIDO TECHNIQUES!

Jun
15

Radical brain transformation: “Responding to Aggression — Part 2,” by Tom Collings

A massive mix of powerful hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and many more instantly enter the bloodstream, muscles, and brain. Higher brain functions such as judgment, decision making, and coordination are adversely affected and more primitive brain function such flight/flight reaction and hyper-vigilance become highly stimulated…

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Jun
15

Morihiro Saito: “When performing koshinage hip throws, you and your partner are at right angles!”

Aikido’s vast curriculum consists of hundreds of empty-handed, ken and jo techniques referred to collectively as “Takemusu Aiki.” This comprehensive system was developed by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in the Iwama years during and following World War II…

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Jun
14

Morihiro Saito: “In all of these kokyunage techniques, you don’t look at your opponent!”

Aikido’s vast curriculum consists of hundreds of empty-handed, ken and jo techniques referred to collectively as “Takemusu Aiki.” This comprehensive system was developed by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in the Iwama years during and following World War II…

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Jun
14

Eye-popping action! Katori Shinto Ryu featuring members of the Viet Nam Dojo

Excellent video on Katori Shinto-ryu featuring members of the Viet Nam Dojo. The Katori school is one of Japan’s oldest classical martial arts traditions. The breath of the technical repertoire and instructional level are extremely high. The production values exhibited in this clip are top-notch. Exciting fare!…

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Jun
14

Vast curriculum: Morihiro Saito reeling off one technique after another effortlessly

This video clip provides a glimpse of the teaching methodology of Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, one of the most important of the postwar generation of aikido teachers. In all of his classes and seminars, his intention was to reveal the art’s basics and progressive training practices, leading to the most advanced level of accomplishment in aikido. Saito Sensei’s purpose was to preserve and disseminate Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aiki” curriculum taught in Iwama in the years immediately following the war…

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Jun
14

Morihiro Saito: “Founder’s training partner while Takemusu Aiki was emerging”

In addition to the hours he spent in the dojo, Saito assisted the founder in all aspects of his daily life, including numerous chores and farm work. Although the work was demanding and Ueshiba was a strict mentor, Saito’s reward was the unique opportunity to serve as the founder’s training partner; particularly in the practice of the aiki ken and jo, over a period of some 15 years…

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Jun
14

Video for Aikidoka: “30-minute Yoga Tune-up Workout” by Valerie Goodman

I wanted to share this excellent 30-minute yoga routine by Valerie Goodman of YogaRevelation. She is an excellent teacher and has an inspiring story of how she began yoga practice. This is a beginning-level routine, and gentle, yet thorough. I usually do this practice a couple of times a week in addition to my other yoga workouts…

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Jun
13

Morihiro Saito: “Fine points of Aikido’s Wrist Twist”

In this video taken from “Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Volume 7,” Saito Sensei explains in detail the fine points of Aikido’s kotegaeshi or “wrist twist” techniques. It’s easy to see why he is regarded as such a gifted teacher because of his ability to focus on essential concepts and explain them in an easily intelligible manner.

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