Feb
20

Transcending values… “Budo: from Force to Gentleness” by Nick Lowry

Real training, real practice invites us to embody principle. It invites us to shape ourselves around different values, not winning points or even winning wars, but values that transcend and include violence and that over time reward this devotion to principled activity by endowing us with competent efficiency and dramatic dignity in the face of anxiety…

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Feb
20

The Aikikai approach: Hayato Osawa, 7th dan, explains Shomenuchi Iriminage in Belgium, November 2013

This is a high-resolution clip from a November 2013 seminar conducted by Hayato Osawa, 7th dan Aikikai, in Belgium. In this clip, Osawa Sensei demonstrates shomenuchi iriminage in detail, as well as several other techniques…

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Feb
20

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “Why No Competition in Aikido?”

Stanley Pranin explains why it is often noted that there is no competition in aikido. Actually, some forms of competition have been introduced in aikido, the most prominent example being Tomiki Aikido. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba was strongly against this attempt to convert aikido into a sport. He came to have deeply held spiritual beliefs on the correct role of martial arts having seen the horrific effects of World War II on Japan…

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Feb
19

The Way of the Warrior: Katori Shinto Ryu with Risuke Otake

“The Way of the Warrior” was a documentary shot by the BBC which aired in the 80s. The last part of the series was called: “The Samurai Way.” It was never to be released on DVD and has become rare collectors footage for martial artists all over the world. A young(er) Risuke Otake explains and demonstrates the finer techniques and philosophies of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. An must-see documentary with English subtitles for everyone who is interested in the way of the samurai…

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Feb
19

Aiki Jinja Taisai 2012 – Demonstrations by Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu and Mitsuteru Ueshiba Wakasensei

Each year since the passing of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei on April 26, 1969, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo has held a ceremony in commemoration of the Aikido Founder at the Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture. Now, 43 years after Morihei Ueshiba left us, his grandson Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, oversees the ceremony. In this video, both Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei and his son Wakasensei, Mitsuteru Ueshiba, give demonstrations before the large audience gathered before the Aikido Shrine…

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Feb
19

Stanley Pranin explores katatedori ikkyo omote at 2013 seminar in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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“Using physical strength is a dead end!”

Is there some way to avoid using physical power when executing one of aikido’s important basic techniques: katatedori ikkyo omote?

Probably you have never seen the technique done this way. Try it to see if it works for you. In Spanish.

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Feb
18

The never ending battle… Self-Defense Aikido in the street!

A very well choreographed short film featuring aikido techniques used in a “live street” situation. Very nice production values with a “twist” at the end!…

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Feb
18

Accept the attack of the opponent! Shoji Nishio: “We practice aikido because we have fallen in love with something none of the other martial arts offer”

“In Aikido there is no preemptive strike. But in budo training, a proper shomenuchi and proper tsuki are basic. In my dojo I teach how to grab, how to stand up, how to swing the sword and the tsuki and oblique stance (hanmen) and yokomen. Proper grabbing, proper swinging and proper striking are transformed into atemi instantly. The reason I have students use the ken is to have them recognize these movements. In budo, you are inferior and the opponent is superior to you. Your opponent has more power than you. That’s very important. Techniques are for freely handling stronger people. Your power shouldn’t lessen even a little. You have to display 100% power through your body…

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Feb
18

New discoveries of clues! “Sleuthing in Search of O-Sensei!” by Stanley Pranin

From an old 3-minute reel that I received way back in 1965, to the several hours of footage professionally offered as DVDs, I have watched O-Sensei move on the screen thousands of times. Sometimes in slow motion, sometimes even frame-by-frame. For me, these films hold the secrets to O-Sensei’s genius and provide constant inspiration. I can play one of Morihei’s movies after a long hiatus, and make new discoveries of clues that have always been there, but have eluded me until that moment…

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Feb
17

Reaching out to your community… Tenzan Aikido’s Childrens program with Bruce Bookman Sensei

Bruce Bookman Sensei was kind enough to send us this video depicting the children’s aikido program at his Tenzan Aikido Dojo in Seattle, Washington. This video gives the viewer a real feel for all of the care and creativity that went into structuring the children’s classes at his dojo. The reality of operating a successful dojo in most circumstances requires a healthy children’s program. This is a beautiful example of what can be achieved…

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Feb
17

Koichi Tohei was an idol! “An Insider’s look at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the late 1950s” by Yoshimitsu Yamada

The Ueshiba family house was attached to the dojo, and Morihei himself quite often, although irregularly, appeared on the mat. O’Sensei represented the ultimate authority for all of the uchi-deshi. Through his demeanor, he personified all of the qualities a young Japanese used to strive for at the time…

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Feb
17

Misinformation becomes cited fact! “Common Misconceptions about Aikido History,” by Stanley Pranin

Many of the common mistakes made by historians have been perpetuated in print for decades. Unfortunately, they are here to stay. This is especially true for works written in Western languages which, in almost all cases, draw on secondary sources. Although Aikido Journal has a broad readership built up over 37 years of publication, we do not represent the mainstream of thought in the aikido world on historical matters…

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