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We hope you’ve enjoyed the many video clips of Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei in which he talks about and demonstrates Ki Aikido. The Ki Aikido curriculum developed by Koichi Tohei was a major factor in the early development of the art within the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.
Tohei Sensei, along with Morihei Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei, set the technical standards at the Aikikai during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Politics aside, there was a cross-fertilization of techniques and pedagogy that has left a permanent mark on modern aikido in the mainstream tradition.
This is another way of saying that the aikido we associate with the Aikikai Hombu Dojo has elements of Tohei Sensei’s teachings blended in with it. In fact, some of the basic techniques taught by Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei, and Tohei Sensei were quite similar while others differ.
The Shomenuchi Kokyunage technique that we will show you next is one of the techniques that were executed differently by Tohei Sensei and Kisshomaru Sensei. Imaizumi Sensei talks about the distinction between the two in the execution of this kokyunage, also known as iriminage. See how this version compares with the way you do the technique.After Tohei Sensei’s passing in 2011, a cadre of his original students remain to carry forward his legacy. Shizuo Imaizumi Sensei stands out among this select group of teachers qualified to teach and explain the origin and evolution of Ki Aikido to today’s generation of practitioners.
Imaizumi Sensei has had an extraordinary career in aikido that began in 1959. He was in the right place at the right time to witness several of the most important events of aikido history.
Shizuo Imaizumi’s Ki Aikido Course is his video legacy documenting an aikido career that has spanned 55 years. His vibrant health, humble personality, and unwavering dedication are due to a lifetime of training in aikido and the daily application of the art’s principles.
What’s Inside the Shizuo Imaizumi Ki Aikido Course…
● 47 hi-res video modules
● Option to view content online or download to your device
● Unlimited access to course content
● Principles of Ki explained and demonstrated
● Ki No Taiso explained and demonstrated
● Basic techniques of Ki Aikido developed by Koichi Tohei
● In-depth interview with Shizuo Imaizumi by Stanley Pranin
● Learn backstories of important events of aikido history