Is Morihiro Saito’s Aikido the perfect model for everyone? Certainly not… but you should absolutely be familiar with his curriculum! Here’s why…

Probably most of you are familiar with Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, one of the closest and most skilled students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Saito Sensei was unique in aikido history because he just happened to live and train in Iwama, the small town where Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei resided and built his private dojo.

Serendipitously, Saito Sensei worked for the Japan Railways on a 24-hours on, 24-hours off schedule. What this meant in practical terms is that he alone was able to spend lengthy hours at the side of Morihei assisting the Founder in his daily life, and most importantly, receiving a great deal of personal instruction. This being the period immediately after the war, other students in Iwama were struggling to make ends meet and had regular daily work schedules that limited the amount of time they had to practice the art.

As a result of this unique set of circumstances, Saito Sensei was able to master the vast curriculum bequeathed by Morihei Ueshiba, including the Aiki Ken and Jo practices that the Founder invested so much energy into developing.

Saito Sensei always stated that he was not free to develop his own personal aikido as were others, but that his mission was to faithfully preserve the wonderful Takemusu Aiki he learned from Morihei Ueshiba in Iwama.

So in the “Aikido Masters Course” you will get exactly that… a faithful presentation of the techniques of the Founder… the very foundation of modern aikido!

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