Mar
10

Improved stamina and strength… Competitive martial arts training: “What you get, what it costs,” by Robert

Sparring is a form of training like any other form of training. Even the most brutal MMA matches are not fights. They are sparring. As with any form of training, the questions are: What does it get you? What does it cost you? Every kind of sparring, from light to no contact “tag” to MMA matches serves a purpose…

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Mar
10

He sang me a song… “Takuma Hisa, the bridge between Daito-ryu and Aiki Budo,” by Stanley Pranin

I was able to piece together that he had been a student of Morihei Ueshiba first, and then Sokaku Takeda, at the Asahi News dojo in Osaka. Having learned this, I began to sense that perhaps this man might have played some important role in the early evolution of aikido. Toward the end of our conversation, he began to sing me a song. I remember the introductory words very well: “You came, you came, you really came…” He really liked me, but I don’t exactly know why because I wasn’t knowledgeable enough to ask very many intelligent questions at this early stage of my research…

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Mar
10

The Master in action… Morihiro Saito Sensei teaching shihonage and kotegaeshi at UK seminar in 1988

This is a rare clip from a video of Morihiro Saito Sensei instructing a seminar in London in 1998. Here he is explaining important points of shihonage, aikido’s four-corner throw, also demonstrating how shihonage corresponds to the use of the Aiki Ken. Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin is interpreting…

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Mar
09

Save a ton of time! “How to find anything you want on Aikido Journal in seconds!” by Stanley Pranin

I have faced this exact dilemma constantly when attempting to locate some specific bit of information for a particular task. The problem is that you need to search more than one Aikido Journal website — admittedly cumbersome — if you want to be sure you haven’t missed something of importance. Think how much time you could save if you could search all of our websites in one go! Let me show you how to do just that…

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Mar
09

Self-deception is your worst enemy! “Cover Up,” by Nev Sagiba

Reality has different plans to that of theories, opinions, hypothesis’s and fairy tales. Violence is harsh, even for the trained “expert.” You seldom survive unscathed. It has nothing to do with “winning” or “losing,” as in points or other fictions. Rather, staying alive. That’s the distinction…

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Mar
09

Discover what has been lost! “Decoding Morihei Ueshiba’s Technical Evolution,” by Stanley Pranin

Anyone attending a seminar conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei during his active years will have noted him frequently referring to a small illustrated manual. In fact, Saito Sensei would often open this booklet to the page illustrative of his teaching point and walk from student to student showing the technique in question for a brief moment. He would repeat over and over, “O-Sensei! O-Sensei!,” as if to validate his technical explanation with the stamp of approval of the ultimate authority–Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido…

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Mar
06

Hiroshi Tada, 9th dan: “Geriatric Genius in motion”

This is a remarkable video of Hiroshi Tada, one of the last of the postwar generation of Aikikai instructors. Tada Sensei, now aged 84, reveals his highly developed sensitivity, ability to blend, and incredible stamina. What a model for all aikido teachers to emulate! Tada Sensei has always led a moderate lifestyle avoiding the excesses to which many of his generation succumbed. The obvious result is his longevity and vigorous health forged through aikido training as can be seen in this video…”

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Mar
06

Viral message of peace! Share Morihei Ueshiba’s words: “True Budo is a Work of Love”

This image of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, bearing his profound message was inspired by this remarkable video appearing on the TED website. Its amazing content will touch you deeply. O-Sensei’s universal message of harmony has the same potential to spread across political boundaries and reach the hearts of individuals all over the world. Please share it freely…

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Mar
06

An Aikido life… “Stanley Pranin’s new entry in Wikipedia”

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“Pranin has given numerous lectures on Aikido history and the life of Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, in the USA, Mexico, France, and Japan”

We are pleased to report that Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin has a new entry in Wikipedia. The entry is quite detailed and will afford interested readers a good idea of Stanley’s career in aikido as a practitioner, historian, and publisher. The text of the entry starts: “Stanley Pranin is an American publisher and editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal (formerly Aiki News), established in 1974. He is a researcher and archivist of Aikido history, author and publisher of several books and hundreds of articles about Aikido and Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and his students. Pranin’s lengthy career and leveraging of the Internet and social media have made him one of the most influential figures in the Aikido world.”

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Mar
05

Tetsuzan Kuroda: Martial Artist of Impossible Skills!

Tetsuzan Kuroda, the headmaster of the martial legacy of the Kuroda family, is one of the best known and respected of contemporary Japanese koryu practitioners. He is one of Japan’s finest swordsman, a master of a variety of classical weapons, and an adept in the soft-style Kuroda family jujutsu. One quickly runs out of superlatives when attempting to describe the skills of Tetsuzan Kuroda Sensei. Watching Kuroda Sensei draw his sword is a stunning experience. It’s akin to a religious revelation where you humbly thank the Creator for allowing you to witness such a miracle of movement! This video was shot during Aiki Expo 2003…

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Mar
05

Over 360,000 views! Stefan Stenudd on atemi and aikido!

In this video, Stefan Stenudd Sensei of Sweden, demonstrates a number of atemi sequences that can be applied as setups for the execution of aikido techniques. Some interesting training drills are shown…

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Mar
05

The Americans made fun of me! “Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama,” by Stanley Pranin

When I tried to do koshinage on some of the taller men I found that they could just step over me; no matter how I tried the technique, I couldn’t manage to throw them because the height difference meant I couldn’t get my hips into a good position in front of theirs. Then I had the idea to try putting them across my shoulders instead of across my hips, and that’s how I started using those techniques. I wasn’t trying to be rough or flashy, I was just trying to get the techniques to work. Necessity is the mother of invention!…

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