Jul
31

Dynamic and precise! Micheline Tissier, 6th dan, in knife demonstration at Bercy

This video contains a series of well-executed knife defense techniques performed by Micheline Tissier Sensei at the 2010 martial arts demonstration at Bercy, France. Micheline Tissier is one of the highest ranking female aikido instructors in the world and is known for her dynamic and precise technique…

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Jul
31

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: “Sokaku Takeda’s early training!”

Sokaku Sensei traveled all over, from Hokkaido in the north all the way to Okinawa in the south. It is also remarkable that he taught not only in police departments of one particular region, but throughout the entire country. I believe that if his technique was fake or ineffective, he would have been considered useless because police departments could easily exchange such information. The case would have been the same with the military. He also taught at many military establishments. It is sometimes said that Sokaku Sensei’s relationship with the military was limited and only through the Omoto religion and the connection with Morihei Ueshiba Sensei. In fact, however, Sokaku Takeda Sensei had direct connections to the military. This is clear from the enrollment books he kept…

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Jul
31

From this Aikido arose! Spectacular Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Demonstration with Katsuyuki Kondo

This video contains highlights from a spectacular sogo budo event centered on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. In addition to numerous Daito-ryu masters, experts demonstrate aikido, Tenjin Shinyo-ryu jujutsu, and various kobudo schools. The finale features an outstanding demonstration by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei, Menkyo Kaiden…

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Jul
31

More than 1,000 photos! From Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu to Aikido: “The Noma Dojo photos capture a technical revolution!”

In 1936, an historic event took place that provides a clear snapshot of the techniques of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba at this stage of his career. The Founder, together with his devoted uchideshi Shigemi Yonekawa, were photographed performing hundreds of Aiki Budo techniques, running the gamut from basic to advanced. The Noma photos are full of complex joint-locks and pins and retain many of the characteristics of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu techniques. These images capture the Morihei Ueshiba during a transition phase on his path toward the development of modern aikido…

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Jul
31

Catalog of aikido techniques… Shigeho Tanaka Shihan, 9th Dan, in superb tv documentary

Shigeho Tanaka Sensei was one of the early postwar students of Yoshinkan Aikido, and also practiced at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the 1950s. In this fascinating documentary, Tanaka Sensei demonstrates scores of aikido techniques logically grouped according to sections. His technique is very precise and each movement is shown at normal and slow-motion speeds…

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Jul
30

Aikido’s encyclopedic genius!. Sadateru Arikawa, 9th dan, conducts seminar in Paris in 1994

This is a rare video featuring highlights of a seminar conducted in Paris by Sadateru Arikawa Sensei in 1994. Arikawa Sensei was an avid reader and collector, and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese martial arts. This video includes the following material: Shisei & Ashisabaki (Ayumiashi, Okuriashi, formal walking, etc.), Shomen-uchi Iriminage, Suwariwaza Kokyu-ho, Ikkyo Katatedori, and Morotedori Kokyuho…

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Jul
30

Daito-ryu and Aikido connection: “Sokaku appears at the Omoto in 1922 to help out Morihei.”

Two years later in April, Sokaku Takeda appeared in Ayabe with his wife, a daughter, and his 6-year old son, Tokimune, the present Daito-ryu headmaster. The question of whether Takeda invited himself or was asked by Ueshiba to come to Ayabe seems at the moment to be unresolvable, and the official versions from Daito-ryu and aikido sources differ considerably. What is known is that Takeda remained for five months, teaching members of the Ueshiba Juku dojo, and that at the end of this period Ueshiba was awarded the kyoju dairi certificate which conferred upon him official status as an instructor of Daito-ryu. Takeda and the spiritually oriented Deguchi appear, not surprisingly, to have disliked each other…

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Jul
30

Morihei and Sokaku… “Vague financial arrangements and strong personalities led to problems between these two geniuses”

Ueshiba eventually established himself as a well-known teacher of jujutsu in Tokyo while Takeda continued to travel extensively all over Japan, giving seminars primarily to prominent persons such as judges, police officials, military officers and the like. Although Ueshiba and Takeda had little direct contact from that point on, they did maintain a correspondence. Further, Ueshiba, now an accredited teacher of Daito-ryu, awarded scrolls of proficiency to his direct students until quite probably as late as 1937. Among the recipients of Daito-ryu diplomas from Ueshiba are Kenji Tomiki, Minoru Mochizuki, Rinjiro Shirata, and Gozo Shioda…

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Jul
30

Of special interest to aikidoka! Okinawa Karate and Chinese Kung-Fu exchange demonstration featuring Tamotsu Miyahira Sensei (2006)

This fascinating video presents highlights of a joint Okinawa Karate and Chinese Kung-Fu demonstration held in Japan on December 4, 2006 at the Uehara Karate Dojo. Featured are various Okinawan karate instructors and practitioners of Chinese Kung-fu in Japan, the latter led by Tamotsu Miyahira Sensei. At the 3:10 mark, Miyahira Sensei’s excellent demonstration that will be of special interest to aikido practitioners begins…

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Jul
29

Still waiting for documentation: “The Elusive Chinese Influence on Aikido,” by Stanley Pranin

I have heard this and similar theories about an “obvious” and unacknowledged Chinese connection that influenced the development of aikido repeatedly for the last 30 years or so. You will notice that that above-mentioned author provides no specifics to support his claim. In my experience, this is always the case when such a theory is advanced. Let’s take a closer look at this subject using our knowledge of Morihei’s life to consider the feasibility of such a theory…

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Jul
29

Aikido and Daito-ryu: “The two martial arts are irrevocably linked and will ever remain so”

I would like to mention some of the positive consequences of the connection between these two highly-regarded twentieth-century budo men. First, aikido’s technical debt to Daito-ryu is immense. It is difficult to find a movement in aikido which does not originate in Takeda’s jujutsu form. On the other hand, the survival, dissemination and future prospects of Daito-ryu as a traditional Japanese martial art have been virtually guaranteed by the tremendous international success of modern aikido. In fact, I have often heard practitioners of Daito-ryu refer loosely to their art as aikido! In any event, viewed historically, the two martial arts are irrevocably linked and will remain so despite the misunderstandings, biases, and recriminations that have been perpetuated to this day

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Jul
29

In the freezing cold of Hokkaido winter:“Morihei and Sokaku met at an inn in 1915, a key event in the history of aikido.”

Takeda was fifty-four years old when Morihei Ueshiba first met him at the Hisada Inn in Engaru, Hokkaido in late February 1915. This encounter marked the beginning of a long, stormy yet ultimately productive association between the two, which lasted for more than twenty years. Ueshiba’s initial exposure to Daito-ryu practice included three 10-day seminars in close succession which concluded on April 4 of that same year. Daito-ryu records show he then participated in three other seminars taught by Takeda in 1916…

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