May
26

“Landing page” showcases Aikido Journal Weekly Specials

In the last couple of months we have been using what are referred to as “landing pages” to showcase the various discounted offers we have been making. The use of this sort of device in Internet marketing has become very widespread. These pages are sometimes called “squeeze pages,” a term which may be more appropriate for aikidoka!

Here we can spotlight the offer in a very appealing way and explain the products in detail to our readers. We can also provide links to additional information that will help potential customers see what benefits a purchase would have for them. Examples are embedded videos, links to screenshots, catalog descriptions, pdf files, etc.

Everything is in one place and concentrates attention on the special in question. Check out the link below for this week’s special and to see a landing pages in action. Watch out for the “squeeze”!

Landing page for Morihiro Saito’s “Lost Seminars” Special for this week

May
26

Recommended reading: “Our Country as a Martial Nation,” by Onisaburo Deguchi

Onisaburo Deguchi

The article below by Onisaburo Deguchi, Co-Founder of the Omoto religion and spiritual teacher of Morihei Ueshiba, has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Mr. Ueshiba, a man who fortunately has received holy technique from the gods and who is their instrument in the governing of Japan during this period of crisis of our divine nation, is back again at the headquarters and making it the main center of his activities. This is the first step toward the realization of a world as it was planned to be [by the gods] in the holy realms.

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May
25

Recommended reading: “Interview With Mitsunari Kanai Sensei (2)”

The interview below with the late Mitsunari Kanai Sensei of Boston has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

[O-Sensei] would throw the uchideshi, (live-in disciples), with very little in the way of explanation and we would grasp what we could of the feeling of the technique while we were flying through the air. We were budo people, so I think that’s the way it should be. Without trying to keep everything very rigid in our minds, like “1 plus 1 is 2″, we learned and progressed on our own by being thrown by the master and feeling his technique. Then we’d throw our partner with that same feeling. That’s how it should be, I think.

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May
24

Recommended reading: “A Revisionist View of Aikido History” by Stanley Pranin

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

The other day one of our readers was kind enough to send along a page from an issue of the International Aikido Newsletter published in December 1994. I believe this newsletter is a publication of the European Aikido Federation. It contained answers by a well-known 8th dan shihan, in reply to questions posed by participants at a recent Dutch Summer School that he conducted. One of the questions reads as follows: “Why doesn’t the instruction of aikido include training with weapons?” To this query, the shihan responded…

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May
23

Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Onisaburo Deguchi” by Stanley Pranin

Onisaburo Deguchi (1871-1948)

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

If Sokaku Takeda can be said to have provided the technical basis for the later development of aikido, it was Onisaburo Deguchi, leader of the Omoto sect, who offered the key spiritual insights that struck a responsive chord in the religiously oriented Morihei. This article focuses on the relationship between the Aikido Founder and Onisaburo, which had a major bearing on the spiritual thinking of Morihei and the ethical framework of aikido.

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May
18

Video trailer for Morihei Ueshiba’s “Founder of Aikido” DVD

 

This exciting DVD is now available at the special price of $19.95!

The martial art created by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba evolved over a period of half a century. Well into his golden years, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei displayed amazing abilities in the dojo, being able to easily handle strong young men many years his junior. What was the secret to his effortless strength? Koichi Tohei Sensei attributed it to the Founder’s “ability to relax.” Morihei himself declared that he channeled his energy from a universal source. Whatever the wellspring of Morihei’s power, his demonstrations left uninitiated onlookers entranced as they beheld his magical movements.

Our special for this week consists of a priceless DVD containing some of the most important historical footage of the Founder to have survived. At last, you will have a chance to peer into O-Sensei’s world, and study his graceful movement and masterful technique during the final years of his career. You will also have an opportunity to listen to Morihei’s actual voice explaining his views on aikido and spiritual matters.

Click here for more information and to order the “Founder of Aikido” DVD at the special price of $19.95, this week only!
May
17

Bruce Bookman’s response to Stan Pranin’s article, “Virtues of Aikido”

I would very much like to thank Stan Pranin Sensei for his thought-provoking article on the Virtues of Aikido. The article first appeared in 2002 but it took seeing it again recently to inspire me to write. Stan listed many attributes of aikido practice. Additionally, he devoted a considerable portion of the article to the lack of martial spirit that is prevalent in aikido practice today, why that is the case and made suggestions for improvement. The issues he brought up about the state of aikido practice are what I will address here, in my response.

Stan’s comments shine a spotlight on the need for serious aikido students and instructors to emphasize martial effectiveness. He goes on to say that focusing on stronger attacks and doing some cross training to learn more effective ways to punch and kick would help the aikido student to practice more realistically. Mentioned in the article is the need for nage to practice kiai, atemi, and taking the balance of the attacker. Stan explains how a martial atmosphere in the dojo brings not only effectiveness of technique but also a heightened consciousness that follows the practitioner off the mat and into daily life. I agree with these points as well as the recommendations for how one can improve one’s practice.

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May
17

Recommended reading: “Interview with Koichi Tohei (2)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Koichi Tohei sensei, aikido’s first 10th dan and founder of the Ki no Kenkyukai, has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. Tohei Sensei is an outspoken individual and one of the towering figures of aikido in the postwar era. At the present time, Tohei Sensei is 91 years of age and retired in his ancestral home in Tochigi Preference. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Ueshiba Sensei was an individual who showed what it means to exist in a relaxed state, to possess true ki, and to have a unified mind and body. His posture was as solid as a rock and you couldn’t budge him no matter how you pushed or pulled; yet he would toss me effortlessly without ever letting me feel that he was using any strength at all. I was astounded that such a person should actually exist in the world.

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May
16

“Close-up of O-Sensei in his Final Years!”

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei featured in this week’s special!

The martial art created by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba evolved over a period of half a century. Well into his golden years, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei displayed amazing abilities in the dojo, being able to easily handle strong young men many years his junior. What was the secret to his effortless strength? Koichi Tohei Sensei attributed it to the Founder’s “ability to relax.” Morihei himself declared that he channeled his energy from a universal source. Whatever the wellspring of Morihei’s power, his demonstrations left uninitiated onlookers entranced as they beheld his magical movements.

Our special for this week consists of a priceless DVD containing some of the most important historical footage of the Founder to have survived. At last, you will have a chance to peer into O-Sensei’s world, and study his graceful movement and masterful technique during the final years of his career. You will also have an opportunity to listen to Morihei’s actual voice explaining his views on aikido and spiritual matters.

Believe that you, too, can develop your skills in aikido to an extraordinary level through hard training and careful study. Morihei Ueshiba proved that this is possible by his own example. Why should you limit yourself and be content with being a casual participant in the art when your life can be transformed through training in Morihei’s aikido?

In these hard economic times, Aikido Journal is making every effort to reach out to as wide an audience as possible through these special weekly offers at extremely affordable prices. This is such an opportunity. Act now… as time waits for no one!

Click here for more information and to order the “Founder of Aikido” DVD at the special price of $19.95, this week only!

May
11

Gallery of Screenshots from O-Sensei’s rare 1935 Film “Aiki Budo!”


We have just uploaded a gallery of 30 amazing screenshots from O-Sensei’s 1935 Film “Aiki Budo” on our Facebook page. This DVD, together with Stanley Pranin’s essential book “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era,” comprises the two products of our special sale for this week!

Click here for Album of screenshots from O-Sensei’s “Aiki Budo” film on Facebook!

This week’s special offer will provide you with key materials for an understanding of Morihei Ueshiba’s fascinating odyssey as he transformed the techniques he had learned from Sokaku Takeda into something fundamentally different: the graceful, dynamic forms of aikido that seek to neutralize violence without sacrificing their martial integrity.

First of all, we bring you the most significant document from the prewar era to have survived. I refer to the rare 1935 Asahi News film of Morihei Ueshiba shot in Osaka. Morihei demonstrates a wide array of splendid Aiki Budo techniques whose power and grace will make you marvel.

The second item comprising our special offer is Stanley Pranin’s essential book, “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era.” This monumental work contains carefully edited and footnoted interviews with 20 of Morihei’s closest disciples prior to World War II. These early students provide first-hand accounts of the personality and activities of Morihei Ueshiba during his early career.

Click here to order Morihei Ueshiba’s “Aiki Budo” DVD and Stanley Pranin’s book “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” at the special price of $29.95 during this week’s sale!

May
10

Get free PDF file of Stanley Pranin’s “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era,” available as part of this week’s special offer!

This week’s special package includes two documents essential to an understanding of Morihei Ueshiba’s early career. His herculean efforts during this turbulent period of prewar Japan culminated in the creation of aikido. The first item we offer is our DVD titled “Aiki Budo,” which includes the rare 1935 Asahi News film in its entirety. Morihei Ueshiba presents an incredible demonstration at the age of 51 in the Asahi News dojo in Osaka. This is the only film from this era to have survived. If you have never seen it before, you will be quite amazed at the fluidity and dynamism of Morihei’s techniques.

Next, our package features Stanley Pranin’s seminal book “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era,” which contains carefully edited and footnoted interviews with 20 of Morihei’s closest disciples prior to World War II. Collectively, these first-hand witnesses to the process of the creation of aikido present a detailed recounting of the highlights of the Founder’s career and deep insight into his complex character.

The scope of “Pioneers” is extensive and we have prepared a 90-page PDF file containing approximately one third of the book’s contents. This will provide you with an excellent idea of what you can expect and why this important work belongs in your collection.

Click here to download the free PDF file of “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era.”

Click here for more information and to order this week’s offer at the special price of $29.95 for both items.

May
10

Recommended reading: “Improvisations: Aiki is not Always Pretty” by Ellis Amdur

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

According to the party line in the “soft” martial arts, we lead our opponents in the direction of their intentions and desires; therefore, aikido is nonviolent because we don’t “interfere” with what they are trying to do. Somehow, though, I never quite grasped the idea that my opponent was attacking me with a plea to be wristlocked into nikyo, or flung ass-over-tea-kettle in a kokyunage throw. OK, I’m being flippant; aikido is not so intellectually vulgar. Yeah, yeah, it is instead an embodiment of principle, of the smooth and economical resolution of conflict—of doing, as the Buddhist precept requires, no unnecessary harm.

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