Jul
15

Son and successor of the Founder: Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba demonstrates morotedori techniques at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1980

This is an early film clip of a class taught by Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in 1980. These scenes will give the viewer a good feel for the atmosphere and practice at the Hombu Dojo during this time frame Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999) was the son of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba…

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Jul
15

Do we really get it? We think we know Morihei’s true philosophy…

I feel it incumbent upon anyone who publishes a work attributed to Founder Morihei Ueshiba to clarify the source of the original Japanese, and any modifications to these texts and the reasoning behind such editorial determinations. I believe this holds true for translated texts as well, particularly given the difficult subject matter…

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Jul
15

Morihei’s unique philosophy… Shoji Nishio: “There was a world of difference between the two spirits”

I was really impressed by Mifune Sensei’s reaction at that time. However, there was a big difference between O-Sensei’s and Mifune Sensei’s words. One was saying he would catch him even if he was killed and take him to the police. The other was saying that the thief took it because he wanted it and that he should be let to have it, that it was the person who was robbed that was at fault. There was a world of difference between the two spirits…

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Jul
14

Flowing counter techniques: Aikido Kobayashi Hirokazu Kaeshiwaza (11 Techniques)

An interesting video showing an exercise of chaining aikido techniques based on kaeshiwaza (counter techniques) to produce a flow of movement between two partners… studying complex sequences, with several techniques, makes sense, where one needs to work on the fluidity and sensitiveness, “feeling” the partner in a smooth continuum…

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Jul
14

Newly discovered film! Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1968

This is a film of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba shot at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in 1968. Notice that O-Sensei is leading his uke throughout the demonstration. In other words, he is proactive when executing his techniques…

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Jul
14

Morihiro Saito explains… “Secrets of an effective nikyo”

In this video taken from “Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Volume 4,” Saito Sensei explains in detail the fine points of Aikido’s nikyo. This wrist pressure application is one of the most effective techniques in aikido, but takes great skill to be able to apply effectively. This video clip gives an excellent insight into how to successfully apply this difficult technique…

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Jul
11

Vladimir Vasiliev on Systema: Fundamentals of Knife Disarming

A wonderful demonstration by Vladimir Vasiliev of the soft and effective techniques of Systema against various knife attacks. Notice the use of strikes to disrupt the structural integrity of the opponent…

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Jul
11

Power and Precision: “Morihiro Saito at Melbourne Takemusu Aikido Seminar (1985)”

In 1985 Morihiro Saito Sensei accompanied by Hiroki Nemoto conducted Takemusu Aikido seminars in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia at the invitation of instructors Michael Field, Barry Knight and Saburo Takayasu. This video contains highlights from that event…

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Jul
11

An anachronism… “Why has Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei had so little impact on the development of Aikido?” by Stanley Pranin

By the time aikido began to spread in the postwar era in Japan and abroad, the Founder was already an anachronism. He was elderly, selfish, cantankerous, spoke at times incomprehensibly, and moved in ways that only the most astute observer could follow. He was too much trouble to deal with, and he was consequently marginalized in the dojo he had built…

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Jul
10

Why is uke still balanced? “One change you can make to dramatically improve your aikido!” by Stanley Pranin

When watching videos across the spectrum, I am constantly amazed at how many practitioners and teachers alike attempt to apply techniques on a “balanced” uke. Another way of expressing this is that nage has failed to disrupt uke’s posture before attempting a throw. This is especially obvious when uke takes a spectacular fall. An uke whose body structure has been broken will not have the chance to perform an acrobatic fall. Add your comments to the discussion!…

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Jul
10

Founder’s favorite! “Tai no henko: Foundation of stable hips and the execution of ura techniques”

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Jul
09

Creative use of atemi! Systema with Martin Wheeler: “Structure breaking using strikes”

This is a video shot in Dublin, Ireland, in February 2013, in which Systema instructor Martin Wheeler demonstrates how to break his opponent’s body structure through targeted strikes to key muscle groups of the body. These sorts of approaches may easily be incorporated into aikido techniques. Notice the varied effects and targets of the applied strikes to aid in balance breaking…

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