Oct
26

Morihei Ueshiba’s Amazing Weapons Display at the Aikikai… “Weapons Better Your Empty-handed Techniques!”

“Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course… Available through Monday, October 27th!”

What we see here is a rather unstructured demonstration of sword blending forms. It may appear that uke is initiating the sword attacks. But what is actually happening is Morihei is giving verbal cues such as… “Strike”… “thrust”. These oral commands and O-Sensei’s body language are what actually trigger the attacks. He is in control of the direction and timing of the sword interaction.

Now notice that Morihei’s actions consist of counterstrikes to the head, thrusts to the throat, and parrying uke’s sword. The end result is that uke is unable to mount a decisive attack. He is thwarted in his every move. These are important lessons that can be applied to our empty-handed practice…

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Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had a storied career in martial arts that lasted more than 60 years. He lived in epic times having seen action in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and participated in the training of young soldiers bound for the battlefield in the World War II era. These intense experiences together with the devastation suffered in the wake of Japan’s defeat shaped his thinking about the true purpose of fighting arts. Morihei began to view the martial arts as instruments of peace. It was a message of harmony and conflict resolution that he promoted in his teachings in the postwar era.

Luckily, a number of films and audio recordings of the Founder have survived. We have gathered together an extensive collection of more than 30 films and interviews with Morihei Ueshiba that will give present-day practitioners of aikido and intimate glimpse into the teachings and techniques of this great master.
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Oct
24

Breaking eggs… “The Body is the Temple of the Spirit,” by Stanley Pranin

I will tell you plainly what I see and feel every year at this aikido spectacle of spectacles. Every person who steps onto the mat to demonstrate is at the same time making an emphatic statement about who they are and what kind of training they have undergone. You can see it in their posture, their movements, their centering and timing. In the same way that writers lay bare their innermost thoughts and motives when committing words to the page, aikidoka reveal the sum total of their training with every technique they execute…

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Oct
24

“Nage’s job is to draw that attack out, like poison, and lead it to a less harmful conclusion!” — J.S.

Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course…
Available through Monday, October 27th!

One of the characteristics of Morihei Ueshiba’s technique is his unique ability to seize the initiative from the start of the encounter. In other words, it is Morihei’s action as nage that triggers uke to react. The result is that uke’s response is weak and cannot really be considered an attack at all.

This has profound implications strategically, and is one of the traits that sets the Founder’s aikido apart from most of his students. The vast majority of aikidoka — including most instructors — respond to uke’s attack when executing techniques. This may be possible when the attacks are slow paced and prearranged. However, in an actual situation, nage is likely to be overcome by the speed and ferocity of a violent attack for which he is totally unprepared. Let’s look at this film footage of Morihei Ueshiba from 1955.
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Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had a storied career in martial arts that lasted more than 60 years. He lived in epic times having seen action in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and participated in the training of young soldiers bound for the battlefield in the World War II era. These intense experiences together with the devastation suffered in the wake of Japan’s defeat shaped his thinking about the true purpose of fighting arts. Morihei began to view the martial arts as instruments of peace. It was a message of harmony and conflict resolution that he promoted in his teachings in the postwar era.

Luckily, a number of films and audio recordings of the Founder have survived. We have gathered together an extensive collection of more than 30 films and interviews with Morihei Ueshiba that will give present-day practitioners of aikido and intimate glimpse into the teachings and techniques of this great master.
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Of all of the surviving documents of the Founder, perhaps the most important is the 1935 film of Morihei shot at the Asahi News company in Osaka. This film was shot in sound in 16mm format and runs some 19 minutes. Morihei demonstrates many suwariwaza, hanza handachi (hanmi handachi), tachiwaza, multiple attacks, and sword and juken techniques. His partners are Shigemi Yonekawa and Tsutomu Yukawa. There are brief appearances by Takuma Hisa and Rinjiro Shirata.

Most of the techniques preserved in this film are advanced and are performed in a flowing style building up to a spectacular multiple attack finale! One is struck by the modernity of many of the techniques and the “ki no nagare” like style of execution. The visual and sound impact of this film is tremendous and it provides a window in time to the wonderful techniques of Morihei from that era.

The Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course is O-Sensei’s video legacy starting in 1935 and covering a span of 34 years until just before his passing in 1969. Besides the more than 30 films of the Founder, the course includes three rare audio interviews of O-Sensei with complete subtitles. These are wonderfully intimate conversations with the Founder that convey his bright personality, playfulness and sincerity. In addition, the course includes a series of video documentaries by Stanley Pranin on the life of the Founder and the spread of his art worldwide.

What’s Inside the Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course…

● O-Sensei’s Complete Video Set
● 38 modules for online viewing & downloading
● Rare 1935 Asahi News film
● Voice recordings of Founder
● Videos spanning 34 years
● Historical Documentaries

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Oct
22

Early Aikikai style… Hiroshi Tada Shihan – Rare Aikido Demonstration (1957)

This is a rare demonstration held at the Self-Defense Ministry in Tokyo’s Ichigaya circa 1957. This section is the performance of Hiroshi Tada Shihan. The film was part of André Nocquet’s private 8 mm collection. Nocquet was the very first foreign live-in student of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba. He spent 3 years living with the Ueshiba family from 1955 to 1957 and trained daily at the Aikikai Dojo…

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Oct
22

Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course… Available through Monday, October 27th!

One of the most famous of the surviving films of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba was the documentary made in 1958 by an American tv production crew. It is appropriately titled “Rendez-vous with Adventure”. Among the numerous highlights of the film are spectacular action scenes of the Founder including empty-handed and weapons techniques, O-Sensei demonstrating a piercing Kotodama chant, Koichi Tohei wrestling a doubting crew member, Kisshomaru Ueshiba teaching an awkward American beginner. Great action and great fun!

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Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had a storied career in martial arts that lasted more than 60 years. He lived in epic times having seen action in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and participated in the training of young soldiers bound for the battlefield in the World War II era. These intense experiences together with the devastation suffered in the wake of Japan’s defeat shaped his thinking about the true purpose of fighting arts. Morihei began to view the martial arts as instruments of peace. It was a message of harmony and conflict resolution that he promoted in his teachings in the postwar era.

Luckily, a number of films and audio recordings of the Founder have survived. We have gathered together an extensive collection of more than 30 films and interviews with Morihei Ueshiba that will give present-day practitioners of aikido and intimate glimpse into the teachings and techniques of this great master.
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Of all of the surviving documents of the Founder, perhaps the most important is the 1935 film of Morihei shot at the Asahi News company in Osaka. This film was shot in sound in 16mm format and runs some 19 minutes. Morihei demonstrates many suwariwaza, hanza handachi (hanmi handachi), tachiwaza, multiple attacks, and sword and juken techniques. His partners are Shigemi Yonekawa and Tsutomu Yukawa. There are brief appearances by Takuma Hisa and Rinjiro Shirata.

Most of the techniques preserved in this film are advanced and are performed in a flowing style building up to a spectacular multiple attack finale! One is struck by the modernity of many of the techniques and the “ki no nagare” like style of execution. The visual and sound impact of this film is tremendous and it provides a window in time to the wonderful techniques of Morihei from that era.

The Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course is O-Sensei’s video legacy starting in 1935 and covering a span of 34 years until just before his passing in 1969. Besides the more than 30 films of the Founder, the course includes three rare audio interviews of O-Sensei with complete subtitles. These are wonderfully intimate conversations with the Founder that convey his bright personality, playfulness and sincerity. In addition, the course includes a series of video documentaries by Stanley Pranin on the life of the Founder and the spread of his art worldwide.

What’s Inside the Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course…

● O-Sensei’s Complete Video Set
● 38 modules for online viewing & downloading
● Rare 1935 Asahi News film
● Voice recordings of Founder
● Videos spanning 34 years
● Historical Documentaries

Click here to watch video

Oct
21

Two of the Greats of France… Aikido documentary featuring André Nocquet and Nobuyoshi Tamura

This video is a documentary with English subtitles on two of the greats of French aikido: the late André Nocquet and Nobuyoshi Tamura. There are some great action scenes in this clip…

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Oct
21

Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course… Available through Monday, October 27th!

In 1961, an amazing documentary focusing on the life and techniques of Morihei Ueshiba was shot on location in Iwama and Tokyo. This film contains beautiful footage of the Founder in his daily life and during training. There are many marvelous action scenes, including an incredible display of empty-handed techniques, defenses against multiple attacks and a live sword!
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Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, had a storied career in martial arts that lasted more than 60 years. He lived in epic times having seen action in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and participated in the training of young soldiers bound for the battlefield in the World War II era. These intense experiences together with the devastation suffered in the wake of Japan’s defeat shaped his thinking about the true purpose of fighting arts. Morihei began to view the martial arts as instruments of peace. It was a message of harmony and conflict resolution that he promoted in his teachings in the postwar era.

Luckily, a number of films and audio recordings of the Founder have survived. We have gathered together an extensive collection of more than 30 films and interviews with Morihei Ueshiba that will give present-day practitioners of aikido and intimate glimpse into the teachings and techniques of this great master.
aiki-jo-promo2-02-aj

Of all of the surviving documents of the Founder, perhaps the most important is the 1935 film of Morihei shot at the Asahi News company in Osaka. This film was shot in sound in 16mm format and runs some 19 minutes. Morihei demonstrates many suwariwaza, hanza handachi (hanmi handachi), tachiwaza, multiple attacks, and sword and juken techniques. His partners are Shigemi Yonekawa and Tsutomu Yukawa. There are brief appearances by Takuma Hisa and Rinjiro Shirata.

Most of the techniques preserved in this film are advanced and are performed in a flowing style building up to a spectacular multiple attack finale! One is struck by the modernity of many of the techniques and the “ki no nagare” like style of execution. The visual and sound impact of this film is tremendous and it provides a window in time to the wonderful techniques of Morihei from that era.

The Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course is O-Sensei’s video legacy starting in 1935 and covering a span of 34 years until just before his passing in 1969. Besides the more than 30 films of the Founder, the course includes three rare audio interviews of O-Sensei with complete subtitles. These are wonderfully intimate conversations with the Founder that convey his bright personality, playfulness and sincerity. In addition, the course includes a series of video documentaries by Stanley Pranin on the life of the Founder and the spread of his art worldwide.

What’s Inside the Morihei Ueshiba Founder’s Course…

● O-Sensei’s Complete Video Set
● 38 modules for online viewing & downloading
● Rare 1935 Asahi News film
● Voice recordings of Founder
● Videos spanning 34 years
● Historical Documentaries

Click here to watch video

Oct
20

Aikikai style… Katatedori demo at World Combat Games by Slovakia representatives

This is an interesting clip of a highly-polished aikido katatedori demonstration by the representatives from Slovaka at the 2013 World Combat Games held in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Aikikai members have become regular participants in these international events…

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Oct
20

What art is the strongest? “Real nature of martial arts and their benefits,” by Stanley Pranin

In deliberating the relevancy of martial arts in modern society, it seems that the discussion eventually comes around to a debate on the superiority of one martial art over another. Martial arts magazines and Internet forums are filled with articles and discussions about what martial art would come out on top in a hypothetical match-up. I submit that such comparisons are an exercise in futility since all scenarios dreamed up to test whether one martial art will best another are highly artificial and usually take the form of competitive matches…

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Oct
20

Preserving O-Sensei’s aikido… “Interview with André Cognard (2),” by Stanley Pranin

Kobayashi Sensei’s work focused on that. He also insisted on many points, for example, he would say, “When you’re grabbed, you do nothing without adopting the other’s point of view. He’s here and looking over there, so you must look over there. If you look in the opposite direction, you’ll never know what he sees and what’s motivating his actions, so whatever you have to do, even if it’s omote, the first thing to do is to take his point of view…

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Oct
17

The pitfalls of history by omission! “Morihei in Tanabe,” by Stanley Pranin

Unlike other periods in the life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his early years in Tanabe and family circumstances are not well documented. Our principal sources of information on this period of Morihei’s life are the biography of Morihei Ueshiba published by his son Kisshomaru in 1977, later interviews and conversations with the author, and a few pages from the first biography of the Founder written by Kanemoto Sunadomari in 1969. To this can be added the recollections of members and relatives of the Ueshiba and Inoue families…

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Oct
17

Radical change in brain chemistry! “Responding to Aggression — Part 2,” by Tom Collings

In less than a second the heart can race from a resting rate of about 80 to double or even triple its normal function reaching over 200 beats per minute. Respiration becomes faster and shallow further increasing heart rate. Most fine motor coordination (manipulating things with our fingers) and hand-eye coordination is significantly impaired. Complex motor coordination (tasks requiring a series of movements) become more difficult. Only gross motor skills – individual large body movement is enhanced under stress

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