May
25

Unlock the secrets to Aikido’s origins… The first and best technical book on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu

“Find out what techniques Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda!”

This 236-page volume is the first book in English to introduce the technical curriculum of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as originally taught by Sokaku Takeda. Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo explains and demonstrates the 31 techniques of the ikkajo series of the Hiden Mokuroku, the first level of study in Daito-ryu.

The arts of Daito-ryu form the basis for most of the techniques of modern aikido, the martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. The international success of aikido has in turn rekindled great interest in Daito-ryu and the legendary figure of Sokaku Takeda.

This volume also features an historical essay by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin on the life of Sokaku Takeda, his son the late Headmaster Tokimune Takeda, Menkyo Kaiden-holder Katsuyuki Kondo, and the present status of Daito-ryu.

The author, Katsuyuki Kondo, was born in Tokyo in 1945. He began his training in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu as a teenager under Tsunejiro Hosono and later Kotaro Yoshida, a friend and senior in Daito-ryu to Morihei Ueshiba. With an introduction from Yoshida, Kondo made periodic visits to Hokkaido starting in 1961 to practice under Tokimune Takeda Sensei. He continued his training under the Daito-ryu headmaster for 32 years.
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May
24

Morihiro Saito shows you all the jo essentials: “Aiki weapons give you the edge in your training!”

“Aiki weapons practice strengthens the entire body, enhances hip
stability, and an understanding of maai.”

This is the first of two videos by Morihiro Saito covering all of the basics of the Jo curriculum as practiced in Iwama, Japan. These jo forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. These videos were shot specifically for the serious practitioner interested in learning the Aiki Ken and Jo and include detailed explanations and different angle shots to facilitate understanding of important details.

Aiki Jo — Part 1 includes:

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May
23

Koichi Tohei: Aikikai Hombu Dojo – 1962 featuring Terry Dobson, hi-res video

“Aikido’s first 10th dan puts on spendid demonstration featuring Terry Dobson!”

This film is a compilation of footage featuring the famous Koichi Tohei, then chief instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. This is some of the best surviving footage of Koichi Tohei, especially considering its early date of 1962. Tohei Sensei conducts an aikido class performing a number of “ki” exercises as well as demonstrating free-style and multiple-attack defenses. Also appearing are Seiichi Sugano, Mitsunari Kanai, Nobuyoshi Tamura, Mitsugi Saotome, and American aikido pioneer Terry Dobson. This is Koichi Tohei at his best!

This rare film was shot by an American film-making team at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan in 1962. The planned documentary on aikido was never completed, and the 16mm footage remained in storage until its discovery by Stanley Pranin in California in 1985.

Tohei Sensei was one of the most influential figures in the international dissemination of aikido and later went on to establish a separate aikido organization with an emphasis on ki. He authored many books on aikido in Japanese and English in the 1960s and 70s. Technically and philosophically, his theories, curriculum, and pedagogy were central to the early development of aikido.


Koichi Tohei was born in 1920 and began his study of Aiki Budo in 1940. After World War II, he resumed is training in the art then called “aikido.” By 1952, Tohei had been awarded the 8th dan. For the next 10 years, he alternated between the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and teaching in Hawaii, where he had established a successful aikido network. Tohei was the chief instructor of the Hombu Dojo for many years until his resignation from the Aikikai in 1974. He created his own independent organization the Ki no Kenkyukai and referred to his art as Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, that is, aikido with mind and body coordinated. He taught actively until his final years and passed away in 2011 at the age of 91.

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May
22

Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995

“Even if you cut off my head, it has no more effect than stroking the spring breeze that whispers now across these fields.”


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May
21

Morihiro Saito: Takemusu Aikido, Volume 4 — Kokyunage… “The most important techniques of Aikido!”

“Kokyunage are the most numerous and important techniques of Aikido!”

Takemusu Aikido, Volume 4: Kokyunage is the fourth volume of a comprehensive technical series covering the aikido of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba, as taught in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture following World War II. This manual presents some 80 variations of kokyunage, among the most important techniques in the aikido curriculum. Bilingual, Japanese and English.

Volume 4 is profusely illustrated with more than 450 photos and includes step-by-step explanations of each technique. The contents of this volume include kokyunage techniques executed from the following attacks:

78 techniques: shomenuchi (5 techniques), yokomenuchi (7 techniques), katatedori (11 techniques), ryotedori (8 techniques), morotedori (6 techniques), sodeguchidori (3 techniques), sodedori (2 techniques), munadori (5 techniques), katadori (2 techniques), tsuki (9 techniques), kosadori (3 techniques), ryoerijime (3 techniques), ushiro attacks (14 techniques)

From Preface:

I have been planning to publish a volume dealing with kokyunage for some time. Kokyunage are the most numerous and important techniques in aikido, hence my decision to devote an entire volume to the subject. If kokyunage techniques were to be removed from the art, it would no longer be worthy of being called aikido. — Morihiro Saito

Pages: 204
File size: 145 mb
Dimensions: 7″ x 10″

May
20

O-Sensei’s Weapons Legacy: Morihiro Saito: Aiki Ken, hi-res video

“The Aiki Ken legacy taught in Iwama in the postwar
years by the Founder Morihei Ueshiba”

This is the first of a two-DVD set covering most of the Iwama Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo curriculum expertly demonstrated by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. These ken forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Iwama during the years immediately following World War II. This video provides detailed instruction on the Aiki Ken, as well as demonstrations of each sword movement in an easily-understood manner.

Contents

  • 7 ken suburi – solo basic sword striking, turning and thrusting movements.
  • Ki musubi no tachi – paired sword blending exercise.
  • 5 kumitachi – paired sword kata containing striking, blending and thrusting movements
  • Henka no tachi – paired practices with variations of the kumitachi

Sample explanations by Saito Sensei from the video:
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May
18

Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 119, Spring 2000 — Hiroshi Isoyama meets Steven Seagal

“How can someone like you, who can throw all of us so easily,
be thrown around like that by an old man?!”

Aikido Journal Number 119, Spring 2000

Hiroshi Isoyama with Steven Seagal, Los Angeles, 1998

Contents

     ● Editorial – Aikido: A Restatement of Universal Truths, by Stanley Pranin
     ● Letters and Threads
     ● Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, by Stanley Pranin
     ● My Career in Yanagi-ryu Aiki Jiu Jitsu, by Don Angier
     ● Takemusu Aiki (4), by Morihei Ueshiba
     ● Interview with Mariye Takahashi (1), by Stanley Pranin
     ● Everything in Black and White, by David Lynch
     ● Interview with Walther von Krenner, by Stanley Pranin
     ● Aikido and Independence, by Peter Goldsbury
     ● Takemusu Aikido — Yokomenuchi yonkyo omotewaza, by Morihiro Saito
     ● Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai — Hijinobashi Aiki, by Takeshi Kawabe & Hakaru Mori
     ● O-Sensei’s Songs of the Way, by Seiseki Abe
     ● Virtue of the Sword, by James Williams
     ● Heard in the Dojo

Price: $.99
Pages: 68
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Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″

Note: The Table of Contents of this PDF file features clickable links. From the “Contents” page, simply click on the article title you would like to access to be taken immediately to the relevant page in the magazine.

May
17

Ebook: “Aikido Densho” Technical Manual by Morihei Ueshiba’s Biographer!

Aikido Densho is an 80-page training manual featuring some 200 photos of
the techniques taught by Morihei Ueshiba during the Aiki Budo period”

We are pleased to announce the publication in ebook form of an almost totally unknown training manual compiled by Kanemoto Sunadomari, Morihei Ueshiba’s biographer. Kanemoto Sunadomari was from a family of devout Omoto believers and was the elder brother of Kanshu and Fukiko Sunadomari. He began his training in an earlier form of aikido in 1928 after observing a demonstration by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Ayabe.

Kanemoto maintained a long relationship with Morihei that lasted until the end of the latter’s life. In 1969, he published the first biography of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei after having conducted research for many years and gathering documents with the assistance of his siblings. Kisshomaru Ueshiba cites passages from Sunadomari’s book in his later biography of his father published in 1977.

Aikido Densho is an 80-page training manual featuring some 200 photos of the techniques taught by Morihei Ueshiba during the Aiki Budo period starting from the the late 1920s through the 1930s. Given the time frame of Kanemoto’s study under Morihei Ueshiba, the techniques covered in this manual reflect an early stage in the development of Morihei’s art. As such, this technical volume warrants a thorough study along with such documents as the Noma Dojo photos series and the 1938 training manual “Budo.”
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May
16

Seigo Yamaguchi: A Seminar in Paris, 1987, Part 1, hi-res download… “He looked like a giant, his ki seemed to extend everywhere!”

“When he walked onto the mat he carried an undeniable authority which had nothing to do with rank or position”

Click here to access video in Aikido Journal Store

This is Part 1 of the first publicly available video featuring famous Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructor, Seigo Yamaguchi. The video was taken at a large seminar in Paris, France hosted by Christian Tissier in 1987. Yamaguchi Sensei, 8th dan, was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Having now become nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.

Yamaguchi Sensei’s aikido had a unique flavor that was appealing to thousands of aikidoka who came into contact with him during his long teaching career. His style was characterized by a powerful, spontaneous technique adapted freely to rapidly changing circumstances. His movements ranging from soft to explosive must be seen to be appreciated. The present video represents a rare look at Yamaguchi Sensei in his prime during a seminar held in Paris, France in 1987. Now aikido practitioners everywhere will have an opportunity to experience his instruction and superlative technique for the first time ever!

This invaluable program is available with complete subtitles in English for greater accessibility to an international audience.
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May
15

The Forgiving Martial Art: Shoji Nishio’s “Aikido — Yurusu Budo” now an ebook!

“O-Sensei’s thinking was great. He made a tremendous change from
the former unforgiving, lethal martial arts to a ‘forgiving martial art.’”

This 208-page technical volume is written by one of the greatest teachers of the postwar era, Shoji Nishio Sensei. This is Nishio Sensei’s first book and is presented in bilingual, Japanese-English format for an international readership. This beautiful volume contains hundreds of technical photos illustrating Nishio Sensei’s empty-handed techniques along with detailed explanations and commentary on their interrelationships with the ken and jo, and the deeper principles of aikido.

Aikido — Yurusu Budo offers a comprehensive look at Nishio Aikido and covers the key principles of his art through the presentation of gyakuhanmi, aihanmi katatedori, sodedori, katadori menuchi, shomenuchi, and yokomenuchi techniques. Both empty-handed versions as well as techniques using the sword and staff are presented.
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May
14

Morihiro Saito: Takemusu Aikido, Volume 3 — Basics Concluded, now an ebook

“Rounding out your basics with Kaitennage, Koshinage, Tenchinage, Jujinage, and more!”

Takemusu Aikido: Basics Concluded is the third volume of this comprehensive series presenting the aikido of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Volume 3 covers the following series of techniques: koshinage, tenchinage, kaitennage, jujinage, morotedori kokyuho and suwariwaza kokyuho. This work is profusely illustrated with more than 500 photos and includes detailed, step-by-step explanations of each technique. Bilingual, Japanese and English.

Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, is one of aikido’s most highly acclaimed teachers and was active for 56 years in the art. He was one of the founder Ueshiba’s closest students and operated Ueshiba’s country dojo in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture while serving as caretaker of the Aiki Shrine. Saito is well-known internationally due to his numerous technical works and frequent instructional that which took him to more than twenty countries.

From Morihiro Saito’s Introduction:

It has been twenty-seven years since the passing of the founder and today many different styles of aikido exist. The result has been that teachers have taught freely based on their individual ways of thinking.

Of course, it is a fine thing for instructors to teach based on their own ideas. However, I am compelled to feel somewhat uncomfortable that such a situation will result in confusion over the nature of the aikido that the founder laboriously formulated over a lifetime. The reason is that today in aikido there are those who do not recognize the validity of weapons techniques employing the aiki ken and aiki jo. Moreover, there are some whose aikido techniques are very different from those of the founder. There remains little trace of his genius in this kind of aikido.

As a direct student of the founder and the person in charge of his personal dojo, I constantly remind myself of my responsibility to faithfully transmit his teachings as I instruct my students. For this reason, the Takemusu Aikido technical series being published by Aiki News is very important to me. I sincerely hope that Volume 3 will be of some help to those who cannot participate in my seminars or those who are unable to come here to Iwama to learn.

Morihiro Saito
Ibaragi Dojo, March 1996

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May
11

Morihiro Saito: Aiki Ken at the 1989 All-Japan Demonstration, hi-res download

“Morihiro Saito’s electric Aiki Ken demonstration in
front of 5,000 people at the Budokan in Tokyo!”

Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, gave an outstanding Aiki Ken exhibition at the 1989 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Some 5,000 people were on hand to witness this historic demonstration. His uke on this occasion were Hiroki Nemoto, Kenji Shibata, and Hitohiro Saito, all 5th dan at this time.

Saito Sensei’s electric performance includes the following content: Ki Musubi no Tachi Sayu Awase, 5 Kumitachi, and lastly, the Kumitachi no Henka. The Ki Musubi Tachi is a special paired sword practice that includes several fundamental blending (awase), parrying and striking movements. It is one of the most dynamic of the Aiki Ken exercises. The five kumitachi, also paired sword practices, are an elaborate set of sword exercises with a partner that teach most of the blending, striking, and parrying basics of the Aiki Ken. Finally, the Kumitachi no Henka, are variations of the basic kumitachi that can be executed at different points in the kata. These latter henka are infrequently taught, and thus the opportunity to see them demonstrated by father and son on this occasion is a rare one indeed. This film is of unusually high quality having been shot with one of the best prosumer video cameras of the day. In addition, all of the action scenes are repeated in slow motion to allow viewers to focus on detail.

Morihiro Saito Sensei needs no introduction. He began training with Morihei Ueshiba at the Founder’s country dojo in Iwama in 1946 at the age of 18. Saito Sensei was one of the closest students of the Founder during a period of time when few Japanese had the luxury of practicing martial arts. During his years as Morihei’s student, he also learned Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo techniques directly from the Founder. Saito Sensei is considered by most to be the preeminent master of aikido weapons. He left an elaborate ken and jo curriculum built upon the foundation he acquired from his training with Morihei Ueshiba.

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