Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei demonstrates the Ki Aikido version of Mune Tsuki Kote Kaeshi in this excerpt from his just-released Online Ki Aikido Course. Imaizumi Sensei distinguishes between an irimi and tenkan distinction in performing this technique.
The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, was a major factor in the early development of the art within the context of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.
Subsequent generations are not particularly aware of the evolution of the art that has led to the practice methods of today. By learning more about our splendid aikido tradition, we are able to answer many questions about why we do what we do and how we arrived at where we are.
After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.
Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.
Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.
What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…
● 47 hi-res video modules Click here to watch video
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history
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