Feb
24

Rare footage… Demonstration of Nobuyoshi Tamura from April 1976

A rare 8mm film of scenes of a seminar taught by the late Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei in April 1976. At this point, Tamura Sensei had already been in France for 12 years. His style is reminiscent of the taijutsu practiced at the Aikikai in the 1960s and 70s. The latter part of this film consists of a public demonstration containing sword kata and knife-taking techniques in which Tamura Sensei is partnered by Tiki Shewan Sensei. Tamura Sensei would gradually refine his aikido over time, and in his final years, he exhibited amazing skills in a style that was alternately soft and explosive…

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Feb
24

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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Feb
24

The world’s largest organization says “No” to weapons… Listen to the opinions of Aikido Journal readers on this thorny subject!

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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Feb
23

The Art of Ukemi: Richard Moon teaches the fundamentals of aikido falls for beginners

This video is an excellent tutorial for teachers looking for a quick, safe way to present the basics of ukemi (falls) for beginning aikido students. Already practicing students will find it an excellent review…

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Feb
23

Aikido’s first 10th dan! “Interview with Koichi Tohei,” by Stanley Pranin

“I began studying aikido because I saw that Ueshiba Sensei had truly mastered the art of relaxing. It was because he was relaxed, in fact, that he could generate so much power. I became his student with the intention of learning that from him. To be honest, I never really listened to most of the other things he said”…

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Feb
22

Stanley Pranin discusses finding advantageous positions to apply aikido techniques (in Spanish)

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Stanley Pranin discusses the idea of finding the most advantageous position to apply aikido techniques at a 2014 seminar in Mexico. Usually, the best position to be in is the blind spot of uke. This video illustrates one application of this concept.

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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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