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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Jul
09

Raise your arm like a sword! Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei demonstrates Katatedori Kokyunage and Morotedori Kokyunage

In this video, Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, recipient of a 10th dan from Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, demonstrates Katatedori Kokyunage and Morotedori Kokyunage. Michio Hikitsuchi (1923-2004) operated the Kumano Juku dojo in Shingu, Wakayama-ken, for over 50 years. Beginning in the 1970s, he made frequent trips abroad to the USA and Europe conducting seminars…

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Jul
09

Don’t oppose your opponent! Shoji Nishio: “An Innovative Aikido Based On Martial Integrity”

Particular points to watch for are Nishio Sensei’s initial set up movements, often accompanied by atemi strikes, rapidity and precision during application of techniques, and final controling movements and pins. In this system, for the most part, empty-handed techniques (taijutsu) have corresponding movements using the ken and jo…

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Jul
08

Superb weapon skills! “Katori Shinto-ryu with Risuke Otake Sensei”

This is a wonderful old video on Katori Shinto-ryu featuring Headmaster Risuke Otake Sensei. This is Japan’s oldest classical martial arts school. Otake Sensei, his son, and senior practitioners put on a superb demonstration of sections of the vast weapons curriculum of the school. The skill level displayed is quite extraordinary. Kata using the bokken, iaito, bo, naginata, etc. are shown. The live blade forms demonstrated by Otake Sensei at the 9:40 mark are amazing to behold!…

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Jul
08

Dynamic Martial Arts Star: “Complete Steven Seagal 1990 Seminar video!”

This is the first of a series of video clips featuring movie action star Steven Seagal taken at a seminar in San Jose, California in 1990. This seminar took place just at the time of the ascent of his movie career, and as such is a rare event. Seagal Sensei is in fine form, his teaching style dynamic, and technical explanations direct and to the point. His uke here is Haruo Matsuoka Sensei. For the period, the video quality of the seminar is excellent with clear audio. As such, viewers will gain insight into the reasons why so many people were captured by his skills and charisma both on the mat and on the movie screen which contributed greatly to his rise to fame…

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Jul
08

Staying glued to uke: “Seigo Yamaguchi instructing in Osaka (1986)”

This is a rare video of the late Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei, 8th dan, instructing a class in Osaka in 1986. Yamaguchi Sensei displays an incredible ability to stay “glued” to his uke and continuously adjust his posture and contact to keep his partner unbalanced. Very sophisticated aikido by one of the art’s greats!…

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Jul
07

Magical! An artistic look at the Aikido of Christian Tissier by Mattheiu Lemaire

This is an incredibly well edited clip featuring professional footage of Christian Tissier Sensei of France and Bruno Gonzalez Sensei. The work of videographer Matthieu Lemaire in editing this clip is every bit as impressive as the spectacular technique of Christian Tissier…

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Jul
07

We who have forgotten!. “An Overview of Koichi Tohei’s Early Aikido Career”

Who is Koichi Tohei and why is he so important to an understanding of the development of aikido? Should he be unceremoniously deleted from aikido history due to past grievances or should he be given due credit for his role in the shaping of the art of aikido?…

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