Nov
21

Powerful, precise and effective… Katsuyuki Kondo demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2005

A close viewing of this video offers aikido practitioners an excellent opportunity to study the precursor forms of various aikido techniques. You will be able to discern both similarities and differences between the two arts. You will notice in particular the liberal use of atemi and the specialized pinning movements peculiar to Daito-ryu…

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Nov
21

“Morihiro Saito reels off one technique after another in a mind-boggling display of technical virtuosity!”

Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars” Video Collection

lost-seminars-setThe “Lost Seminars” video set captures the contents of many of the seminars conducted by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, during his foreign travels in the period of 1985-1994. A study of these excellent materials will provide aikido aficionados an in-depth glimpse of the teaching methodology of this great instructor, one of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s closest disciples. These 7 videos include more than 14 hours of seminar footage and literally hundreds of techniques. Each video contains complete English subtitles allowing viewers to closely follow Saito Sensei’s instruction.

Below is a list of the numerous techniques covered in the 7-video “Lost Seminars” set. A working knowledge of the Iwama Aikido curriculum will improve your skills in basics through more advanced techniques. There is no better aikido technical reference source available today!

Seminars in Turin, Italy — February 3-5, 1985 / Osimo, Italy – February 8-10, 1985

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho plus variations ▪ Shomenuchi ikkyo omote ▪ Shomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ Shomenuchi nikyo ▪ Katatedori shomenuchi ▪ Happogiri ▪ Kumitachi ▪ Ki musubi no tachi ▪ Shomenuchi iriminage ▪ Koshinage introduction ▪ Jo awase ▪ 20 jo suburi ▪ Public demo (jiyu waza, jodori, kumijo)
Seminar in Osimo, Italy — June 1986

20 jo suburi ▪ 31 jo kata ▪ 31 jo kumijo ▪ Koshinage (numerous variations from multiple attacks) ▪ Kokyunage (numerous variations from mulitple attacks)

Seminar in Osimo, Italy – May 25-26, 1985

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho ▪ Morotedori sankyo ▪ Suwariwaza kokyuho ▪ Morotedori ikkyo ▪ Morotedori nikyo ▪ Shomenuchi ikkyo ▪ Yokomen tanren ▪ Yokomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ Yokomenuchi iriminage and variations ▪ Yokomenuchi sankyo and henka ▪ Aiki Ken – ichi no suburi ▪ Ni no suburi ▪ San no suburi ▪ Kumitachi – ichi no tachi ▪ Ichi no tachi oyowaza ▪ 31 jo kata


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Nov
19

“Pre-emptive Aiki: No touch throws,” by Nick Lowry

It was in the early 1980′s and I was in a bout of intense toshu randori with my sensei. I had just gotten back to my feet and was maybe 12 feet away. I was locked on to my target and stepping forward to reengage my sensei with a frontal attack when, at this great distance, he made a sudden pointed gesture that seemed to freeze one half of my body in place…

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Nov
19

Some teachers permit this deplorable state of affairs! “Aikido and Injuries,” by Stanley Pranin

These include the inevitable muscle strains, body soreness, jammed toes and fingers and the various other “occupational” hazards inherent to our art. They are forgotten, that is, until that inevitable day when we ourselves become the victims of an injury and must live with the accompanying pain…

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Nov
19

Free PDF download: Aiki News Number 82, October 1989

Excerpted from interview with Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei from Aiki News #82: Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei was born in Yubetsu, Hokkaido in 1902. He began formal study of Daito-ryu under Sokaku Takeda at age 11. He received an instructor’s license from Takeda in 1932. After that he traveled with his teacher to various locations as his assistant. One of the most prominent deshi of Sokaku Takeda, he is 85 years old this year. Sagawa Sensei’s unbelievable technique is the product of his long training experience. Presently his teaching at a dojo attached to his home in Kodaira City, a suburb of Tokyo. On February 20, 1987, the AIKI NEWS staff observed a class conducted by Yukiyoshi Sagawa Sensei of Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu for about two and a half hours. The following is an interview conducted after the class….

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Nov
19

You will be surprised! “50 techniques that Morihei Ueshiba taught that we know about with certainty!”

In 1987, Morihiro Saito made a high-quality video in which he explained and demonstrated the 50 techniques of Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 training manual titled “Budo.” Nothing like this had ever done before. Suddenly, the aikido world was taking notice of the fact that there were indeed historical records that documented the Founder’s technical evolution culminating in the birth of modern aikido. While certainly not a mainstream practice, serious aikidoka have in recent years been exploring the technical content of “Budo” to glean a better understanding of Morihei Ueshiba’s technical odyssey and the rationale for modern techniques…

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Nov
18

Touched by violence… “Meditations on Violence,” by Nick Lowry

We are all touched by violence. No one comes through the door of a dojo who has not been marked by this fact. Some are victims, others are victimizers. Some want relief from fear, others want to gain more power and control over their world in the face of chaos. Some dream of becoming a hero, wielding power like a weapon and doing violence for “good and just” purposes; vanquishing evildoers for the greater cause…

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Nov
18

Yoga is the answer! “How I solved my chronic back problem,” by Stanley Pranin

We should not regard our ongoing practice as a waste of time because our aikido skills might not be a match for a professional fighter. If that were really our goal, we would surely not train in aikido in the first place. This is not to state that we should approach aikido training haphazardly or settle for mediocre results. The point is that our ultimate goal should be to protect life, liberty and property not to defeat an opponent in a match…

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Nov
18

Viral message of peace! Share Morihei Ueshiba’s words: “True Budo is a Work of Love”

This image of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, bearing his profound message was inspired by this remarkable video appearing on the TED website. Its amazing content will touch you deeply. O-Sensei’s universal message of harmony has the same potential to spread across political boundaries and reach the hearts of individuals all over the world. Please share it freely…”

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Nov
16

Morihiro Saito’s successor! “Over 140 people from 15 countries attend a seminar with Saito Hitohira Kaicho in Stuttgart, Germany,” by Tim Haffner

Filled with anecdotes and quotations of the direct oral teachings (Kuden) of Aikido Founder, Ueshiba Morihei O’sensei, Kaicho demonstrated a variety of techniques over three days of training that were firmly rooted in the Kihon Waza fundamentals characteristic of Iwama-ryu Aikido. Beginning with Aiki-Ken on Friday evening, Kaicho emphasized the need for every aikidoka to focus on precision in the basic sword suburi. Demonstrating how using the spine (sebone), top of the head (atama) and naval (o-heso) are used as common reference points for all basic cutting practices, Kaicho demonstrated that power and speed are generated from a solid foundation in the principles of sword…

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Nov
16

Sophistication in action! Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan, at 2nd IAF convention in Honolulu, 1978

We present yet another excellent demonstration by Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan, filmed in a rather unusual venue. This performance was given at the Second Convention of the International Aikido Federation in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1978. Many top teachers of the era from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo were on hand…

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Nov
16

Rock-solidly stable! Korindo Aikido Founder Minoru Hirai demonstrates the ken and jo

In this rare video, Minoru Hirai, Founder of Korindo Aikido, demonstrates his free-form use of the ken and jo. What is remarkable is his perfect posture and rock-solid stability of movement. His style of aikido remains little known today as he left Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo during the war and pursued an independent path from that point forward…

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