Aug
07

Strong martial spirit! Hayato Osawa demonstrates his powerful style of aikido

In this video, Hayato Osawa, son of the late 9th dan Kisaburo Osawa, displays his style of strong, precise aikido. His techniques are characterized by a strong martial spirit and physicality even though he is of a small stature. He demonstrates suwariwaza, hanmi handachi, and standing techniques on this occasion. Osawa Sensei is one of the senior instructors at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo…

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Aug
07

Your body forms a cross with your partner: Morihiro Saito presents koshinage in excruciating detail

One of the ebooks comprising the collection of technical manuals by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, is a rare treatise of aikido’s koshinage techniques. Originally published in 1981, it contains a total of 26 koshinage–hip-throw techniques–arranged in sequential photos accompanied by both English and Japanese explanations. This Koshinage manual is the most complete compendium available on this portion of the aikido curriculum…

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Aug
06

Doesn’t work in a fight? “Will Aikido Survive?” by Nev Sagiba

That Aikido does not work in a fight is a myth propagated by some incompetent practitioners. Some of the best security personnel on the planet utilize Aikido daily with immense success in both harm reduction and successful arrests…

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Aug
06

Aikido 7th dan: “Pat Hendrick’s Incredible Aikido Odyssey,” by Stanley Pranin

Back in 1975, an attractive young blond woman joined my aikido class in Monterey, California. From the very start, she attended class religiously and displayed an uncommon enthusiasm toward training. I immediately noticed she was very athletic and quick to pick up techniques and falling skills. She insisted on being treated on a par with male students, was afraid of nothing, and approached practice with a laser determination. I wondered how far she would go along the aikido path. I had seen enthusiastic students before, some who continued training for years, only to slowly drift away from the art. I needn’t have worried, for this was Pat Hendricks…

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Aug
06

Gamblers scattered with a wet towel! “Sokaku Takeda: Bodyguard in Hokkaido,” by Tokimune Takeda

Under cover of darkness, Sokaku, carrying his cherished sword, went directly to the house of Tsunekichi Morita, the head of the Mo group, instead of the headquarters of the mobsters set up at the inn, for a fight to the finish. There are said to have been three people at the front door when he arrived. When one of them saw Sokaku’s face, he said: “You must be Takeda Sensei…

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Aug
05

Powerful technique… Shoji Seki, 7th dan, demonstrates ikkyo at the 10th International Aikido Congress (2008)

In this video, Shoji Seki Sensei demonstrates a very powerful form of ikkyo. A snapping movement backed by a hip twist is applied to the elbow to destabilize uke. This is a well-studied movement that should be practiced very carefully to mitigate possible harm to uke’s elbow…

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Aug
05

Blueprint for change… Expanding and Refining the Notion of Self-defense by Stanley Pranin

Self-defense can be defined as the protection of one’s life and/or property against an attack. In cases where people take active steps to safeguard themselves and their possessions, fear is often the strongest motivating factor. Take the example of a young man who decides to join a martial arts school or self-defense course. Most likely he is driven by apprehension due to some perceived vulnerability such as small physical size or weakness. Perhaps he has recently been the victim of an attack at the hands of a bully that has left him injured and humiliated in the eyes of his friends. As a teenager, I personally witnessed one such violent incident…

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Aug
05

Rare treatise on hip throws! Morihiro Saito: “The Upside Down World of Koshinage”

One of the ebooks comprising the collection of technical manuals written by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, is a rare treatise of aikido’s koshinage techniques. Originally published in 1981, it contains a total of 26 koshinage-hip-throw techniques-arranged in sequential photos accompanied by both English and Japanese explanations…

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Aug
04

The harder your attack, the harder your fall!… “Cooperation During Demonstrations,” by Stanley Pranin

Your teacher, too, is likely to be stimulated under the circumstances and may be putting a little more “ki” into his throws than usual. In short, you have a special situation in which some extraordinary demands are going to be placed on your body. You are going to be required to absorb the application of numerous, painful techniques which, lest we forget, were originally intended for maiming and killing. Not exactly a Sunday afternoon picnic!…

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Aug
04

Explosive Aikido! Christian Tissier’s formidable demonstration at Bercy Martial Arts Festival in Paris (2009)

This video features Christian Tissier’s formidable 1999 demonstration at the huge Bercy Martial Arts Festival held in Paris each year. Tissier Sensei is extraordinary in his technical precision and total concentration from beginning to end of technique…

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Aug
04

Action star reveals his secrets: “Rare Steven Seagal Seminar videos!”

We are pleased to present the third 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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Aug
01

Clear, strong, basics… An Introduction to Aikido by Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei

This video featuring Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei assisted by Donovan Waite presents basic techniques and principles of aikido. It begins with a free-style demonstration, followed by a presentation of etiquette, ukemi, and finally a detailed explanation of shomenuchi ikkyo. Yoshimitsu Yamada, a direct student of O-Sensei for more than ten years, is an 8th dan and the chief instructor at the New York Aikikai…

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