Sep
26

Morihiro Saito: “What if we have a situation with multiple opponents?”

Morihiro Saito Sensei published other authoritative technical books and was widely filmed during his seminars. Aikido Journal has an extensive collection of video materials that capture the essence of a number of his seminars. Saito Sensei’s explanations are heard in the original Japanese and subtitled in English. This video clip provides a glimpse into Saito Sensei’s teaching method…

Click here to watch video

Sep
26

Hint… It’s not gentle! Katsuyuki Kondo, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Menkyo Kaiden, demonstrates Shihonage

I asked how they applied the body techniques to the ken, but no one showed me. Since there was nothing to be done about the situation, I began practicing the ken in 1955 soon after I began Aikido training. What else could I do? Nobody taught me! O-Sensei did sword techniques at lightning speed and would say, “That’s how you do it,” and then disappeared from the dojo. I tried in vain to understand what he was doing and the next moment he was gone.

Click here to watch video

Sep
26

Grabbing vs. Kokyu… Morihiro Saito: “If you remove kokyu from Aikido, it is no longer Aikido!”

For most of his first 25 years of involvement in aikido, Morihiro Saito was almost unknown outside of Japan. All of that changed beginning in the early 1970s when he began publishing a series of five technical volumes on aikido in a Japanese-English format. His books were followed by the first of many teaching tours abroad in 1974 where Saito Sensei’s clear and precise teaching methods were immediately embraced by foreign aikidoka. This led to literally thousands of aikido students from abroad travelling to Iwama during a 30-year period to study with the master until his passing in 2002…

Click here to watch video

Sep
26

Morihiro Saito: What are the distinctions between oyowaza and henkawaza?

I find this an elegant way of classifying the huge body of aikido techniques. While the differences between basic and ki no nagare techniques are normally easy to comprehend, many people have found it difficult to grasp the distinction between oyowaza and henkawaza. According to Saito Sensei’s explanation, oyowaza are aikido basics applied to circumstances outside the scope of the basic curriculum. They can therefore be understood as “applied” or “advanced” techniques. Henkawaza, literally, “changed techniques,” are modified methods used when it becomes necessary to adapt the execution of a technique to changed circumstances.

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

Power and flow! Christian Tissier Sensei in San Francisco (2007)

A beautiful compilation of techniques from Christian Tissier Sensei’s seminars at the San Francisco Aikido Project in 2007. Tissier Sensei is noted for his powerful, flowing style of aikido. Many of the technical sequences also appear in slow motion…

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

Traditional Japanese learning method: “Is ‘Stealing’ Really the Best Policy?” by Stanley Pranin

If you talked with the senior students about wishing that the teacher would explain more clearly, often you would get an answer something along these lines: “You have to pay close attention and STEAL the techniques.” The implication was that you were a westerner, and that the oriental approach to learning was different. You would have to adapt to their way of learning since you were in Japan. Shades of the inscrutable Japanese!…

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

Sokaku Takeda’s art! Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai: “Techniques a Wonder of Human Ingenuity!”

An excellent documentary in Japanese on the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai, the largest branch of the various descendants of Sokaku Takeda’s art, studied by Morihei Ueshiba beginning in 1915. The complex old-style jujutsu techniques comprising the curriculum are a wonder of human ingenuity!…

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

About 600 techniques… Morihiro Saito’s Elegant Classification System!

Morihiro Saito’s Elegant Classification System!

It is interesting to note that Saito Sensei would often provide more detailed technical sequences and unusual techniques during these foreign seminars that he would seldom have time to demonstrate in Iwama. Thus these videos taken as a whole constitute an invaluable catalog of aikido techniques from O-Sensei’s Iwama years…

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

Morihiro Saito: “Finding uke’s weak angle in kotegaeshi.”

Uke stands on two legs and is vulnerable is you enter into his blind spot!.

Click here to watch video

Sep
25

The World of Apollo Robins: “Merging magic and self-defense,” by Stanley Pranin

Since most of our readers are martial artists, I’m sure they will immediately see parallels in their training with much of what Apollo is explaining during his show. After we learn basic aikido techniques and they become second nature, we see that there are additional, more advanced tools available to apply in a self-defense scenario to improve the odds of a favorable outcome…

Click here to watch video

Sep
24

Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei demonstrates unusual katatedori techniques in Australia

This video contains a number of unusual techniques from katatedori demonstrated by Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th dan, of the New York Aikikai. Some of them you will probably be seeing for the first time…

Click here to watch video

Sep
24

Morihiro Saito: “Analyzing the essential points of kotegaeshi, aikido’s wrist turn technique.”

The munadori grab creates good conditions for practicing kotegaeshi.

Click here to watch video