Sep
01

Noma Dojo photos: “Gateway to Modern Aikido”

“This photo collection is the most complete record of Morihei Ueshiba’s prewar art and represents a transition phase between Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and modern aikido”

In 1936, more than 1,000 technical photos of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba were taken at the private dojo of publishing magnate Seiji Noma.

This collection of rare photos were taken with an expensive Leica camera by Noma’s son Hisashi, one of the top kendo champions of the era.

Morihei’s uke in all of the photos was devoted student Shigemi Yonekawa a martial artist of great talent and stalwart of the Kobukan Dojo of the Founder.

This photo collection is the most complete record of Morihei Ueshiba’s prewar art and represents a transition phase between Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu and modern aikido.

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