Nov
30

Julio Toribio Sensei and group’s demo draws cheers at Aiki Expo… Don’t miss this video!

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“Julio Toribio Sensei’s demonstration was the best received of all the wonderful performances at this Expo in terms of the audience’s reaction!”

We hope you are enjoying these selections of outstanding footage from the Aiki Expos that we’ve been uploading this past week. Our video clip today is from Aiki Expo 2002, and features Julio Toribio Sensei who will be a new figure to many of our viewers. His dojo’s demonstration was the best received of all the wonderful performances at this Expo in terms of the audience’s reaction. These highlights will give you a feel for the high-energy, innovative performance that Toribio Sensei and his group presented at the event.

The famous Aiki Expo events sponsored by Aikido Journal were held in 2002, 2003, and 2005. These martial arts extravaganzas brought together large numbers of leading instructors of aikido and other kindred martial arts in a spirit of friendship.

The overall concept of the Aiki Expo events was to stimulate both instructors and participants to venture outside their normal spheres of activity and experience new training approaches and ideas. Many chose to crosstrain in the numerous arts available.

“THE AIKI EXPO SPECIAL” is an excellent choice of learning materials with a vast assortment of styles, techniques, and methodologies for your study and analysis. This invaluable video collection will be your ever-present resource for new ideas and directions to spark your training! Check out this video and the offer that expires Sunday, December 1st!

WATCH VIDEO TO SEE JULIO TORIBIO SENSEI AT THE EXPO!

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Nov
28

Pat Hendricks brings her decades of experience to the Aiki Expo!

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“Saito Sensei started getting calls from all over Japan telling him that the article looked good because he used a foreign woman as his uke!”

This video contains highlights of the outstanding demonstration of Pat Hendricks, 7th dan, at Aiki Expo 2005 in Los Angeles. Pat Sensei is one of the senior students of Morihiro Saito Sensei and spent more than 20 years learning from this great master. She is currently the head instructor of Division 1 of the California Aikido Association.

Pat Hendricks Sensei reflects upon her training experience in Iwama with Saito Sensei:

“I think it would add up to around six years. In 1988 I was experienced enough for a lot of opportunities to come to me. It is a kind of funny story. On one occasion Saito Sensei was being interviewed by the famous Japanese magazine, Wushu. He did a few things with me but mainly used the male uchideshi.

Then everybody dressed for lunch, except me as I was serving tea, as I normally did, still wearing my keikogi. Saito Sensei said to this man, who I guess was the editor, “Well, I guess I can demonstrate with her even though she is a girl,” and he started demonstrating, and just didn’t stop.

It was in the middle of summer and really, really hot. He just went on and on for about forty minutes. I thought to myself, “I will never see any one of these pictures, they will never be in the magazine, because I am a woman. Well, apparently, those were the only pictures they chose! When Saito Sensei received the magazine, he quietly placed it on the shomen (altar) and didn’t show it to anybody, and I felt he was disappointed. But then he started getting calls from all over Japan telling him that the article looked good because he used a foreign woman as his uke. This completely changed Saito Sensei’s thinking. After that, he was so much easier about using a woman as uke and expecting that kind of response from others.”

WATCH VIDEO TO SEE PAT HENDRICKS SENSEI AT THE EXPO!

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Nov
27

Hitohiro Saito Sensei’s spectacular demo at Aiki Expo 2005!

hitohiro-saito-tachidoriThis video is the complete demonstration given by Hitohiro Saito Sensei at Aiki Expo 2005. It contains a beautiful series of tachidori and jodori — sword and jo-taking variations — with Vince Salvatore as uke. Saito Sensei is known for his power and precision and expertise in the Aiki Ken and Jo. Hitohiro Sensei is the son and successor of the late Morihiro Saito Sensei of Iwama.

The famous Aiki Expo events sponsored by Aikido Journal were held in 2002, 2003, and 2005. These martial arts extravaganzas brought together large numbers of leading instructors of aikido and other kindred martial arts in a spirit of friendship.

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The overall concept of the Aiki Expo events was to stimulate both instructors and participants to venture outside their normal spheres of activity and experience new training approaches and ideas. Many chose to crosstrain in the numerous arts available.

THE AIKI EXPO SPECIAL” is an excellent choice of learning materials with a vast assortment of styles, techniques, and methodologies for your study and analysis. This invaluable video collection will be your ever-present resource for new ideas and directions to spark your training! Check out this video and the offer that expires Sunday, December 1st.

WATCH VIDEO TO SEE HITOHIRO SAITO SENSEI AT THE EXPO!

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Nov
26

The incredible Vladimir Vasiliev of Systema steals the show at the Aiki Expo!

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Vladimir Vasiliev at Aiki Expo 2003

The famous Aiki Expo events sponsored by Aikido Journal were held in 2002, 2003, and 2005. These martial arts extravaganzas brought together large numbers of leading instructors of aikido and other kindred martial arts in a spirit of friendship.

The overall concept of the Aiki Expo events was to stimulate both instructors and participants to venture outside their normal spheres of activity and experience new training approaches and ideas. Many chose to crosstrain in the numerous arts available.

This video is an excerpt from an incredible demonstration by the well-known Systema instructor Vladimir Vasiliev who was showing his skills before an aikido audience for the first time. Both Vladimir and his teacher Mikhail Ryabko were back at Aiki Expo 2005 to continue sharing their art with a most appreciative aikido audience!

“THE AIKI EXPO SPECIAL” is an excellent choice of learning materials with a vast assortment of styles, techniques, and methodologies for your study and analysis. This invaluable video collection will be your ever-present resource for new ideas and directions to spark your training!

WATCH VIDEO TO SEE VLADIMIR VASILIEV OF SYSTEMA AT THE EXPO

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Nov
24

Revisiting the Unforgettable Aiki Expo Events that rocked the Martial Arts World

“Instructors and participants venturing outside their normal spheres of activity”

The famous Aiki Expo events sponsored by Aikido Journal were held in 2002, 2003, and 2005. These martial arts extravaganzas brought together large numbers of leading instructors of aikido and other kindred martial arts in a spirit of friendship.

The overall concept of the Aiki Expo events was to stimulate both instructors and participants to venture outside their normal spheres of activity and experience new training approaches and ideas. Many chose to crosstrain in the numerous arts available.

On May 27-29, 2005, the third of the Expos was held in Los Angeles, California. Aiki Expo 2005 featured a stellar lineup of 36 top instructors from aikido, Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, traditional karate, Russian Systema, and several classical Japanese martial arts. Over 500 practitioners were in attendance for this memorable weekend. All practitioners of these and other arts will find a treasure trove of valuable material in these seminars captured live on video.

“THE AIKI EXPO SPECIAL” is an excellent choice of learning materials with a vast assortment of styles, techniques, and methodologies for your study and analysis. This invaluable video collection will be your ever-present resource for new ideas and directions to spark your training!

WATCH VIDEO TO EXPERIENCE THE EXPOS

Nov
22

How far to trust your teacher? “The Limits of Obedience,” by Anonymous

In the past year I have struggled with this idea in relating to my current teacher. I have known him for nearly four years and I owe him a great deal as his training has illuminated my world significantly. I am deeply in his debt as my accomplishments of the past few years have been largely due to increases in my capabilities obtained through training with him. I try to keep this constantly in my mind. However, as I have learned from him and become increasingly close to him, I have found that his actions and spirit part significantly from both the word and spirit of the art he teaches…

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Nov
22

Always experimenting! Masatoshi Yasuno, 8th dan, at 2013 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

This is a video clip of Masatoshi Yasuno Sensei’s performance at the 51st All-Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Yasuno Sensei was one of the late Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei’s senior students and drew much from his training under the latter. Yasuno Sensei’s demonstrations in recent years have shown an individualization of his style amid much experimentation. In this video he uses very soft, blending movements, and subtle balance-breaking to set up techniques. There is a feeling of free form and spontaneity in his presentation…

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Nov
22

Instructors should get back into training! “Realizing Aikido’s Potential,” by Stanley Pranin

The root of the problem as I see it lies in the weak attacks that are commonplace in aikido dojos nowadays. Students are seldom given training in how to execute an effective attack, be it in striking, grabbing or the occasional choking or kicking techniques. The situation is further exacerbated by a lack of committed intent or focus during attacks. This absence of firm intent on the part of the attacker affects his mental state and that of the person executing the technique. Both sides are aware—at least subconsciously—of the minimal risk of injury in training under these circumstances. Accordingly, the focused mind-set needed to develop realistic self-defense skills is absent from training…

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Nov
22

Discover what has been lost! “Decoding Morihei Ueshiba’s Technical Evolution,” by Stanley Pranin

Anyone attending a seminar conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei during his active years will have noted him frequently referring to a small illustrated manual. In fact, Saito Sensei would often open this booklet to the page illustrative of his teaching point and walk from student to student showing the technique in question for a brief moment. He would repeat over and over, “O-Sensei! O-Sensei!,” as if to validate his technical explanation with the stamp of approval of the ultimate authority–Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido…

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Nov
21

Enter to survive! “The Science of Interception” by Nev Sagiba

The desire to attack itself and to cause harm, comes from a predatorial warp of consciousness, an imbalance that believes the so called “silver rule” as some call it, is to “get them before they get you, just in case they might want to.” It is a left-over from the less than mythical bygone ages of ancestral cannibalism based on paranoia. It is most often in error, and by initiating aggression preemptively, in fact crosses the line that determines criminal activity…

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Nov
21

Genial paired weapons practice! Morihiro Saito demonstrates ken tai jo

This is an excellent video clip of Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, demonstrating three ken tai jo exercise: choku barai, kaeshi barai, and kaiten barai. These are excellent practices for developing a better understanding of distance and timing with weapons. This video was shot at a San Diego seminar in the early 1990s…

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Nov
21

The pitfalls of history by omission: “Morihei in Tanabe,” by Stanley Pranin

Unlike other periods in the life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his early years in Tanabe and family circumstances are not well documented. Our principal sources of information on this period of Morihei’s life are the biography of Morihei Ueshiba published by his son Kisshomaru in 1977, later interviews and conversations with the author, and a few pages from the first biography of the Founder written by Kanemoto Sunadomari in 1969. To this can be added the recollections of members and relatives of the Ueshiba and Inoue families…

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