Apr
16

Stay out of the danger zone! “Hitohiro Saito Sensei sets the record straight on kotegaeshi”

There is at present on Aikido Journal a lively discussion about various “safe” ways of executing the kotegaeshi wrist-turn technique. Many have contributed their thoughts to the discussion. I just received a link to yet another kotegaeshi video, this one by Hitohiro Saito Sensei that shows in succinct form one very effective way of performing this technique. He also points out the error I allude to in my video. – SP…

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Apr
15

Do something even while injured! Aikido – 9 Tips to help you safely recover from injuries by Dunken Francis

Place a small strip of red tape on your uniform, over the injured area. A patch of red tape on your shoulder indicates that it’s still healing. Your partners appreciate this courtesy communication to take it easy…

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Apr
15

Grandson of Aikido Founder: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi

Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates the Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi technique at normal speed and in slow motion. The present Doshu is the grandson of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and son of the Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is the family heir to the art of aikido and head of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo organization…

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Apr
15

Taught Daito-ryu secretly! “Sokaku Takeda in Osaka” by Tokimune Takeda

In 1929, Admiral Isamu Takeshita, who studied Daito-ryu with Sokaku Takeda, published an article in the magazine entitled “The Story of the Bravery of Sokaku Takeda.” In this article, he described how Sokaku became a budo instructor serving in the capacity of a bodyguard for Marquis Tsugumichi Saigo, an army general, and how he performed acts of bravery in various places. This article came to the attention of the Tokyo Asahi Newspaper Company which sent a journalist to Hokkaido in 1930 to interview Sokaku who was travelling around the northern island teaching…

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Apr
14

Powerful and spontaneous… Seigo Yamaguchi instructing at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo c. 1975

This is an interesting clip of a highly-polished aikido katatedori demonstration by the representatives from Slovaka at the 2013 World Combat Games held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aikikai members have become regular participants in these international events…

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Apr
14

O-Sensei’s calligraphy teacher! “Interview with Seiseki Abe (1)” by Stanley Pranin

I have a picture of O-Sensei doing chinkon under the falls, which I still have at my home… His body had the flexibility of someone seventeen or eighteen years old. Even so, he had gradually lost weight over the years and he complained about how much his muscles were sagging. But, when he put his ki into them, “pop,” they became hard as steel…

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Apr
14

Bequeathed by O-Sensei… “The 31-jo kata must not be modified!”

During his years living in Iwama, Morihei Ueshiba had a unique opportunity to focus on his personal training and development for the first time in many years. The result of this extended period of devotion to aikido practice, meditation, and farming was “Takemusu Aiki,” Morihei’s concept of the ultimate goal of aikido where one becomes capable of spontaneously executing techniques exactly suited to the circumstances…

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Apr
13

Amazing action! “Gozo Shioda in Japanese tv documentary”

This Japanese tv documentary presents a brief overview of Gozo Shioda Sensei’s career, an interview, and a series of demonstrations and highlights from his remarkable career. Gozo Shioda, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido enrolled in Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo in 1932. After World War II, Shioda was the first to teach aikido on a large scale in a difficult era when the Aikikai Hombu Dojo was barely operating…

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Apr
13

Free PDF download! Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 100, 1994

Contents

● Editorial – Aikido: A Legacy from the Past, a Vision for the Future, by Stanley Pranin
● Aikido Journal News
● Letters to the Editor
● Interview with Minoru Hirai, by Stanley Pranin
● Aiki is not Always Pretty, by Ellis Amdur
● Interview with Takefumi Takeno (1), by Stanley Pranin
● Coping in a Violent World, by Mike Mello
● The Omoto Religion and Aikido, by Yasuaki Deguchi
● Takemusu Aikido — Shomenuchi sankyo omotewaza, by Morihiro Saito
● Kobudo & Kobujutsu, by Meik Skoss
● Morihei Ueshiba & Gozo Shioda, by Stanley Pranin
● Interview with Mark Jones, by Meik Skoss
● Famous Swordsmen of Japan, by Takefumi Hiiragi
● Heard in the Dojo
● The Book Page, by Diane Skoss
● Events & Announcements

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Apr
13

Aikido’s Versatile Weapon… Morihiro Saito: “Highlights of the Aiki Jo”

The exact origins of the Aiki Jo remain somewhat of a mystery. Some have found traces of Morihei Ueshiba’s jo movements in the “juken” or rifle with bayonet he practiced as a young soldier. Others point to the influence in the Aiki Jo of the “yari” or spear that he studied with intensity during the Ayabe period. It might also be noted that the Founder was exposed to many classical systems due to his wide network of associations in martial arts circles…

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Apr
10

Aikikai style… Hayato Osawa Sensei conducts class at New York Aikikai (2010)

This is a fascinating video in which Hayato Osawa Sensei of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo instructs a class at the New york Aikikai in 2010. He demonstrates a series of techniques including katatedori kokyunage, iriminage, shihonage and other techniques. A particularly interesting segment is when he walks a student through the execution of the technique using gestures and pantomime…

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Apr
10

Steven Seagal’s uke! Haruo Matsuoka Sensei’s Aikido Journey: Part 3

At the beginning when I joined Steven Seagal’s dojo in 1976, we were doing a lot of Ki Society types of exercise. Like the unbendable arm and those kinds of things. And then so quickly we changed and added more realism and application to the movements…

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