Feb
11

“How War and Religion Shaped Modern Aikido” by Stanley Pranin

Morihei’s spiritual master, Onisaburo Deguchi challenged political and religious authorities through the widespread activities of the Omoto sect. He publically criticized Japan’s leaders accusing them of the misuse of the imperial system to further its aims. The result of Onisaburo’s in-your-face opposition to the establishment was the nearly total suppresion of the Omoto religion.Morihei, for his part, chose a path of non-confrontation using budo by totally redefining its basic concept and assigning to it a life-affirming role, “katsujinken,” (life-giving sword) in contrast to the traditional view of martial arts as “satsujinken,” (killing sword). He turned the notion of budo–historically the tool of rulers and tyrants–on its head…

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Feb
10

Video: Harvey Konigsberg talks about the importance of using your center while executing aikido techniques

Taken from a seminar in October, 2011 hosted by Aikido of Central New York. Harvey Konigsberg Shihan speaks at length about the importance of using your center in your techniques…

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Feb
10

Video: Women’s Self-Defense — “The Weaker Sex Rules Again!”

Another delightful old newsreel clip from British Pathe in the mid-1930s featuring May Whitley and “The Bandit” demonstrating women’s self-defense. Here is an example of the jujutsu instruction that was available in the UK at that time brought over by some of the early Japanese teachers. May’s English is impeccable!…

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Dec
28

Video: Do NOT Punch In A Street Fight… Over 8,000,000 views!

“These first two knuckles are going to get nailed… It’s like hitting a wall!” An interesting analysis of the dangers of using a punch in an actual altercation along with a series of suggestions for accomplishing the effects of a punch without causing injury to your hand. This video has over 8,000,000 views!

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Dec
28

Daito-ryu AikiJujitsu: “Out of a thousand pupils, teach the true techniques only to one or two.”

The present volume contains descriptions of Daito-ryu techniques just as I learned them from Tokimune Sensei from the time I began training under him in 1961 until his death in 1993, now a full 32 years. If there are points that seem different from other styles, then those are probably the most important areas to focus upon. I hope that these comments will provide good hints for further study.

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Dec
27

“Nearly all aikido techniques derive from Sokaku Takeda’s Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu”

In the traditional martial arts, a secret technique is usually taught at the very beginning. In Daito-ryu, too, we teach a difficult technique first. This ippondori, I believe, has become ikkyo in aikido…

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