Sep
15

Ukemi guide: Excellent video demonstrating aikido falling skills by Luc Sanselme

This is a well-organized and innovative video presenting various falls used in aikido, and different exercises that can be practiced to master these ukemi. These exercises are designed to prepare the body to fall skillfully and safely…

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Sep
15

Keep your flexibility! Historical photos: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei warmups, February 1969

These six images show Morihei in the midst of leading the class in warmup exercises. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests that Morihei adapted some of these warmup exercises from the Makko-ho system popularlized by Haruka Nagai. The Founder took great pains to maintain his physical conditioning all of his life. This is an excellent example for both students and instructors to follow throughout their aikido careers…

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Sep
12

Must watch… Rumiko Hayes — “More Martial Magic of the Diminutive Ninja Lady!”

This video presents another inspiring display of this incredible martial artist. Rumiko Hayes’ perfectly timed soft-style manuevers take advantage of positional and anatomical weaknesses to control her opponent. These movements are beyond style and much martial wisdom awaits the careful observer!…

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Sep
12

Free download Aiki News #62: “O-Sensei was at his best in the later years of his life… after the Iwama years”

Contents of Aiki News No. 62, 1984

● Editorial – Shirata and Mochizuki Senseis, by Stanley Pranin
● Interview with Rinjiro Shirata, by Stanley Pranin
● Heard in the Dojo
● Morihiro Saito Technical Notebook — Eridori kokyunage oyowaza, by Morihiro Saito
● O-Sensei Biography — “The Budo Enhancement Association and Takeda Dojo,” by
Kisshomaru Ueshiba
● Minoru Mochizuki Pictorial, by Stanley Pranin
● Letters to the Editor…

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Sep
12

Morihei encounters Sokaku: “An eager apprentice to a formidable martial arts master!”

Takeda Sokaku is recorded in modern budo history as the transmitter of Daito-ryu Jujutsu. He was an awe-inspiring person with a formidable appearance and, although he was about 2 inches shorter than O-Sensei, he always seemed to stare down at things with a mysteriously piercing gaze, made all the more so by a tight-lipped frown due to his lack of front teeth. It is said that Onisaburo Deguchi, who had a reputation for being able to tell people’s fortunes, once told Takeda that even though he had mastered one “Way,” he was a man with the smell of blood and a hapless or evil fate. Master Deguchi often wondered why Ueshiba was so humble towards Takeda, and this attitude was a point of irritation to the religious leader…

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Sep
11

Clear explanation! William Gleason demonstrates kokyunage with a focus on internal power

An interesting video clip featuring William Gleason demonstrating kokyunage techniques with a focus on internal power. His explanations are very detailed and easily understood. This footage was shot during a seminar held at Aikido Eastside of Seattle, Washington…

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Sep
11

Sanitized for your consumption! “O-Sensei’s Spiritual Writings: Where did they really come from?” by Stanley Pranin

The published books containing quotations attributed to Morihei Ueshiba available in various Western languages are based on “sanitized” Japanese versions of Morihei’s words. They have been edited and simplified with an eye to presenting text accesible to modern readers, but are devoid of many of those terms and metaphors actually used by the founder of aikido which failed to match the tenor of the times…

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Sep
11

A Flood of Comments… Listen to the opinions of Aikido Journal readers on Aikido and weapons!

No matter how many times we revisit this subject, we find that readers have strong views on whether aikido training should include weapons practice, especially the Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo. The world’s largest aikido body, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo organization based in Tokyo, holds steadfastly to the position that the art consists only of empty-handed (taijutsu) techniques. Use of the ken, jo, and tanto is only occasional, for example, for testing and demonstrations. No structured weapons curriculum exists within the Aikikai system…

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Sep
10

Expanding your repertoire! Nick Lowry on aikido and judo chokes

A useful series of choking holds as extensions of aikido techniques to expand your repertoire. These underused techniques are clearly demonstrated and explained by Nick Lowry of the Windsong Dojo in Oklahoma City…

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Sep
10

Highly effective! Morihiro Saito: “The nuts and bolts of executing an effective Nikyo”

This video clip provides a glimpse of the teaching methodology of Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, one of the most important of the postwar generation of aikido teachers. In all of his classes and seminars, his intention was to reveal the art’s basics and progressive training practices, leading to the most advanced level of accomplishment in aikido. Saito Sensei’s purpose was to preserve and disseminate Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aiki” curriculum taught in Iwama in the years immediately following the war…
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Sep
10

Learn to relax and get results! Stanley Pranin Technical Tip: Seated exercises to develop relaxed blending skills

Despite aikido being considered a “soft” martial art, the vast majority of practitioners resort to physical strength to make techniques work. In this video, Stanley Pranin shows a series of seated exercises designed to teach how to make the body soft and relaxed. Having achieved this relaxed state, it becomes easy to blend with an attack to execute a soft throw. This clip is excerpted from Stanley Pranin’s upcoming online course…

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Sep
09

Free pdf download of Aiki News #67: “Look what’s inside!”

Contents of Aiki News #67 – May 1985

Editorial – “Why We Do What We Do,” by Stanley Pranin
Interview with Nobuyoshi Tamura (2), by Stanley Pranin
History of Daito-ryu, by Tokimune Takeda
O-Sensei Biography: Chapter VI – Part 4, “Training in the Way and Farming in Iwama, by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
Morihiro Saito Technical Notebook (36) — Tachidori kokyunage, by Morihiro Saito
Heard in the Dojo
Aikido Friendship Demonstration Report, by Stanley Pranin
Letters to the Editor

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