Mar
09

Discover what has been lost! “Decoding Morihei Ueshiba’s Technical Evolution,” by Stanley Pranin

Anyone attending a seminar conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei during his active years will have noted him frequently referring to a small illustrated manual. In fact, Saito Sensei would often open this booklet to the page illustrative of his teaching point and walk from student to student showing the technique in question for a brief moment. He would repeat over and over, “O-Sensei! O-Sensei!,” as if to validate his technical explanation with the stamp of approval of the ultimate authority–Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido…

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Mar
06

Hiroshi Tada, 9th dan: “Geriatric Genius in motion”

This is a remarkable video of Hiroshi Tada, one of the last of the postwar generation of Aikikai instructors. Tada Sensei, now aged 84, reveals his highly developed sensitivity, ability to blend, and incredible stamina. What a model for all aikido teachers to emulate! Tada Sensei has always led a moderate lifestyle avoiding the excesses to which many of his generation succumbed. The obvious result is his longevity and vigorous health forged through aikido training as can be seen in this video…”

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Mar
06

Viral message of peace! Share Morihei Ueshiba’s words: “True Budo is a Work of Love”

This image of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, bearing his profound message was inspired by this remarkable video appearing on the TED website. Its amazing content will touch you deeply. O-Sensei’s universal message of harmony has the same potential to spread across political boundaries and reach the hearts of individuals all over the world. Please share it freely…

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Mar
06

An Aikido life… “Stanley Pranin’s new entry in Wikipedia”

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“Pranin has given numerous lectures on Aikido history and the life of Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, in the USA, Mexico, France, and Japan”

We are pleased to report that Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin has a new entry in Wikipedia. The entry is quite detailed and will afford interested readers a good idea of Stanley’s career in aikido as a practitioner, historian, and publisher. The text of the entry starts: “Stanley Pranin is an American publisher and editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal (formerly Aiki News), established in 1974. He is a researcher and archivist of Aikido history, author and publisher of several books and hundreds of articles about Aikido and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and his students. Pranin’s lengthy career and leveraging of the Internet and social media have made him one of the most influential figures in the Aikido world.”

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Mar
05

Tetsuzan Kuroda: Martial Artist of Impossible Skills!

Tetsuzan Kuroda, the headmaster of the martial legacy of the Kuroda family, is one of the best known and respected of contemporary Japanese koryu practitioners. He is one of Japan’s finest swordsman, a master of a variety of classical weapons, and an adept in the soft-style Kuroda family jujutsu. One quickly runs out of superlatives when attempting to describe the skills of Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei. Watching Kuroda Sensei draw his sword is a stunning experience. It’s akin to a religious revelation where you humbly thank the Creator for allowing you to witness such a miracle of movement! This video was shot during Aiki Expo 2003…

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Mar
05

Over 360,000 views! Stefan Stenudd on atemi and aikido!

In this video, Stefan Stenudd Sensei of Sweden, demonstrates a number of atemi sequences that can be applied as setups for the execution of aikido techniques. Some interesting training drills are shown…

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Mar
05

The Americans made fun of me! “Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama,” by Stanley Pranin

When I tried to do koshinage on some of the taller men I found that they could just step over me; no matter how I tried the technique, I couldn’t manage to throw them because the height difference meant I couldn’t get my hips into a good position in front of theirs. Then I had the idea to try putting them across my shoulders instead of across my hips, and that’s how I started using those techniques. I wasn’t trying to be rough or flashy, I was just trying to get the techniques to work. Necessity is the mother of invention!…

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Mar
04

Splendid Aikido! Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei demonstrates kosadori techniques

This video of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei is a splendid example of high-level aikido. He focuses on kosadori — cross hand-grab techniques — showing a bewildering number of variations. You will notice that uke is unbalanced instantly at the moment of contact and the Kobayashi Sensei is in control and relaxed at all times. Really beautiful aikido!…

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Mar
04

Erased from history… or so they thought! “Noriaki Inoue, Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer,” by Stanley Pranin

I could no longer stand knowing that perhaps the most important person after the Founder himself was still alive and living only a few miles away from me. I decided to act. My solution would be a diabolical scheme that only a “henna gaijin” could concoct. I took the transcription of the conversation recorded five years earlier supplemented by a polite letter and headed out to Kunitachi, a few miles west, where he lived. I rang the doorbell, and a diminutive woman, perhaps in her 70s, opened the door…

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Mar
04

See for yourself! “What was Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, teaching after the Aikikai?”

This video is the first part of several hours of rare video footage taken during a seminar taught by Koichi Tohei Sensei in Osaka in July, 1983. It provides an answer to the question of what Koichi Tohei was teaching after his departure from the Aikikai. In fine physical condition, Tohei Sensei demonstrates and explains the essential principles and techniques of his Ki system. Start with this introduction, and watch for the rest of the seminar clips to come shortly…

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Mar
03

Henkawaza… Patrick Augé Sensei demonstrates an application of shihonage as a follow up to someone escaping tenbinnage

This is a video prepared in response to Stanley Pranin’s article on injuries in the practice of Aikido in which Patrick Augé Sensei demonstrates an application of shihonage as a follow up to someone escaping tenbinnage…

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Mar
03

Free pdf download: Aikido Journal #108, 1996 — “In Memoriam Seigo Yamaguchi (1924-1996)”

Contents
● Editorial – Aikido & Weapons: The Last Word?, by Stanley Pranin
● Journal News, by Diane Skoss
● Letters to the Editor
● Seigo Yamaguchi: In Memoriam
● On Writing Zen Combat, by Jay Gluck
● Interview with Fumio Toyoda, by Mark Binder
● Improvisations, by Ellis Amdur
● In My Own Way, by David Lynch
● Takemusu Aikido — Yokomenuchi Iriminage Kihon, by Morihiro Saito
● The Omoto Religion and Aikido, by Yasuaki Deguchi
● Kicks & Aikido, by Roger D’Onofrio & Hans Goto
● Famous Swordsmen of Japan: Toru Shirai, by Takefumi Hiiragi
● Heard in the Dojo
● Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Kubi Hineri, by Takeshi Kawabe as transmitted by the Takumakai
● Events & Announcements
● The Book Page
● Our Contributors

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