Shoji Nishio — “One step before the throw, victory and defeat are decided”

This is our way of thinking. One step before the throw, victory and defeat are decided. You have the feeling of saying, “Do you understand? Now go!”, and you release the attacker. The throw is as if you were saying, “Do you understand? Good luck!” and send him on his way. If you throw the attacker trying not to injure him, he won’t hit his head. It is that very concern that is the most important aspect of humanity.

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Stanley Pranin demonstrates Shomenuchi Sankyo at LV Seminar (2012)

Stanley Pranin explains and demonstrates his approach to the shomenuchi sankyo technique in detail. Unlike static grabbing techniques, nage initiates the technique to seize the initiative, unbalance uke, and allow the sankyo pressure to be applied.

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Video: Do NOT Punch In A Street Fight… Over 8,000,000 views!

“These first two knuckles are going to get nailed… It’s like hitting a wall!” An interesting analysis of the dangers of using a punch in an actual altercation along with a series of suggestions for accomplishing the effects of a punch without causing injury to your hand. This video has over 8,000,000 views!

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Daito-ryu AikiJujitsu: “Out of a thousand pupils, teach the true techniques only to one or two.”

The present volume contains descriptions of Daito-ryu techniques just as I learned them from Tokimune Sensei from the time I began training under him in 1961 until his death in 1993, now a full 32 years. If there are points that seem different from other styles, then those are probably the most important areas to focus upon. I hope that these comments will provide good hints for further study.

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“Teaching and Shu-Ha-Ri,” by Yukiyoshi Takamura

“Shu-ha-ri” literally means embracing the kata, diverging from the kata and discarding the kata. The pursuit of training in a classical Japanese endeavor almost always follows this educational process. This unique approach to learning has existed for centuries in Japan and has been instrumental in the survival of many older Japanese knowledge traditions.

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Master Ueshiba takes the large foreigner by the hand to demonstrate the effectiveness of aikido technique

Master Ueshiba takes Lee Green by the hand and personally shows him the true effectiveness of aikido techniques. The large American finds himself helpless in an unescapable pin gasping for air.

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Video: Hitohiro Saito performs tantodori, tachidori, and jodori at his Iwama Dojo

This is an excellent video of Hitohiro Saito Sensei performing tantodori, tachidori, and jodori at his Iwama Dojo. Note his stability of posture and the precision of his technique.

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Morihei Ueshiba’s 50 Techniques from 1938 explained and demonstrated

Aikido Journal has created a definitive set of 3 downloadable source materials that thoroughly document Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 Training Manual titled “Budo.” This set includes (1) Morihiro Saito’s 43-minute video recreating all of the 50 techniques of “Budo” in high resolution, (2) Saito Sensei’s illustrated textbook titled “Budo: Commentary on Morihei Ueshiba’s 1938 Training Manual” in PDF format, and (3) a PDF facsimilie copy of the original Japanese book. Readers will be able to access their downloadable products within minutes of purchase.

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Morihiro Saito’s Morotedori Kokyuho

When your partner stands in right hanmi and grabs your left hand, move your left foot to your partner’s right foot and turn your hips to change from left to right hanmi. Do this movement with the feeling of dropping your shoulder, elbows, and hips slightly. Turn to a position beside your partner, looking in the same direction. This is basic for all kokyuho exercises. The spacing, or maai, between you and your partner will be wrong if you look at him. If you face the same direction with the feeling of enveloping him, you will stay close to him and he will be unable to escape…

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Video: Shoji Seki’s powerful display of technique at 10th International Aikido Congress

Shoji Seki, 7th dan, is one of a group of Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructors who began their careers in the late 1960s. He has maintained himself in excellent physical condition, and his technique is fast and precise. Although Seki Sensei is not verbose in his explanation, he repeats the technique he is demonstrating many times, and it is possible to catch the fine points of his movements through careful observation.

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Daito-ryu video: “How to emit ‘Aiki’ energy and break the opponent’s balance”

“Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei explains the basic principles of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu”

This video offers a brief historical introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu tracing the art’s lineage from Sokaku Takeda down to Katsuyuki Kondo, Menkyo Kaiden. Kondo Sensei explains the basic principles of Daito-ryu: Rei, Metsuke, Maai, Kokyu, Kuzushi, Zanshin, and Kiai. This clip is excerpted from the Aikido Journal DVD set titled “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Hiden Mokuroku.”

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the major technical influence on modern aikido, was a martial art taught in the first part of twentieth century Japan by the famous Sokaku Takeda of the Aizu clan, a certified martial arts’ genius. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku in 1915, and immediately became engrossed in training. Daito-ryu, in Morihei’s words, “opened his eyes to budo.”

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“The Science of Budo – Bridge of Forgotten Consciousness,” by Nev Sagiba

“When the pain becomes too much, we let go of our illusions,
the lies of self-defeating habituated patterns.”

Variety may be “the spice of life” but for some it seems not as nutrition for the soul, but uncomfortable and inconvenient. Attachment to inertia is the biggest curse lodged in the mind of man.

The beauty of Budo training is that it forces you to adapt and reconcile variables to learn to survive best.

Calcified preconceptions are the beginning of a slow seppuku leading to soul death. You have to let go and lose everything before you can realise that you are and contain everything and that there are no beginnings or endings, only continuity without end. Even the term Kannagara no Michi has by some been contained in a box that kills its real meaning. Kannagara no Michi has to be discovered for oneself because it is not a conceptual dogma but a real condition of existence, whatever the label you may assign it.

Knowing existence, as it is, devoid of coloured glasses is the first awakening which then refines without end. The true warrior is a spiritual as well as physical athlete whose primary weapon is discernment. Discernment cuts through the nonsense, wishful thinking and self deception to which the false ego clings.

To know, not merely to presume or to imagine requires factuality. Opinion is merely an insubstantial shadow which is skewed.

Reality is as it is and can be no other way. At any given moment the factual reality of that moment suspended in time carries with it those predominant propensities that it does. The next moment will be unique and the next and so on. Variables are the only true constant.
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