Oct
10

See for yourself! “What was Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, teaching after the Aikikai?”

This video is the first part of several hours of rare video footage taken during a seminar taught by Koichi Tohei Sensei in Osaka in July, 1983. It provides an answer to the question of what Koichi Tohei was teaching after his departure from the Aikikai. In fine physical condition, Tohei Sensei demonstrates and explains the essential principles and techniques of his Ki system. Start with this introduction, and watch for the rest of the seminar clips to come shortly…

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Oct
10

Splendid Aikido! Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei demonstrates kosadori techniques

This video of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei is a splendid example of high-level aikido. He focuses on kosadori — cross hand-grab techniques — showing a bewildering number of variations. You will notice that uke is unbalanced instantly at the moment of contact and the Kobayashi Sensei is in control and relaxed at all times. Really beautiful aikido!…

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Oct
10

Erased from history… or so they thought! “Noriaki Inoue, Aikido’s Forgotten Pioneer,” by Stanley Pranin

I could no longer stand knowing that perhaps the most important person after the Founder himself was still alive and living only a few miles away from me. I decided to act. My solution would be a diabolical scheme that only a “henna gaijin” could concoct. I took the transcription of the conversation recorded five years earlier supplemented by a polite letter and headed out to Kunitachi, a few miles west, where he lived. I rang the doorbell, and a diminutive woman, perhaps in her 70s, opened the door…

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Oct
09

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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Oct
09

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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Oct
09

Passing of Don Angier Sensei… “My Career in Yanagi-ryu Aiki Jujutsu”

We are sad to learn of the passing of Don Angier Sensei early this morning, October 9, 2014. I had an opportunity to meet Don on several occasions where we were able to talk at length about his extraordinary martial arts career and many improbable life experiences. He was also kind enough to participate in Aiki Expo 2002, and left an indelible impression on the attendees. This remarkable article was written by Don and covers the highlights of his life and martial arts career in his own words…

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Oct
08

Instructors should get back into training! “Realizing Aikido’s Potential,” by Stanley Pranin

The root of the problem as I see it lies in the weak attacks that are commonplace in aikido dojos nowadays. Students are seldom given training in how to execute an effective attack, be it in striking, grabbing or the occasional choking or kicking techniques. The situation is further exacerbated by a lack of committed intent or focus during attacks. This absence of firm intent on the part of the attacker affects his mental state and that of the person executing the technique. Both sides are aware—at least subconsciously—of the minimal risk of injury in training under these circumstances. Accordingly, the focused mind-set needed to develop realistic self-defense skills is absent from training…

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Oct
08

Rafter-rattling Gansekiotoshi! Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, at 2004 All-Japan Aikido Demo

This is a video clip of Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, from the 2004 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Isoyama Sensei started aikido as a boy in Iwama and learned directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Hiroshi Isoyama is known for his dynamic demonstrations that combine technique with physical power. Audiences always respond enthusiastically to his performances due to his obvious use of strength and the daredevil-type falls taken by his uke. Isoyama maintains close ties to Hollywood movie actor Steven Seagal, the two having established their friendship more than 30 years ago when Seagal was residing and teaching aikido in Japan…

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Oct
08

Encyclopedia of techniques: Morihiro Saito demonstrates a wide variety of morotedori throws

This is a wonderful video clip in which Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, demonstrates scores of morotedori techniques, both basic and ki no nagare. It’s difficult to imagine anyone other than Saito Sensei organizing and so expertly performing this vast catalog of techniques. This sort of video is an excellent resource for advanced students and instructors…

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Oct
07

Sometimes the movies get it right! “Satsujinken and Katsujinken,” by Dane S. Harden

“Go seek balance Daniel-san”…these were the words Miyagi Sensei spoke to his pupil at a time in Daniel’s life when he needed help. All of us face challenging times in our lives. Those times require fortitude, discipline, persistence, bravery, and a balanced approach in order to properly address our difficulties. The swords of life and death are a metaphor regarding balance, center, and free will. In the old film, “The Karate Kid,” this idea was exemplified and ultimately proven in Daniel’s personal realization, “that you train so you do not have to fight.” It was poignantly emphasized by his teacher’s response: “Ah, Daniel-san, Miyagi has hope for you!”…

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Oct
07

Featuring Kazuo Chiba Sensei: Free PDF Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995


Contents

● Editorial – Can competition enhance O-Sensei’s Aikido?, by Stanley Pranin
● Letters to the Editor
● Interview with Kazuo Chiba, by Stanley Pranin
● Improvisations, by Ellis Amdur
● The Omoto Religion and Aikido – Part 5, by Yasuaki Deguchi
● Coping in a Violent World, by Dennis Fink
● Famous Swordsmen of Japan: Kanenori Dengoro Kurokochi, by Yoshinori Kono
● Takemusu Aikido — Shomenuchi yonkyo omote, by Morihiro Saito
● Sokaku Takeda & Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, by Stanley Pranin
● Interview with Rick Stickles(1), by Derek Steel
● Classical Martial Arts & Ways, by Meik Skoss
● Photo Gallery: Three Generations of the Ueshiba Family
● Thoughts & Opinions, by James Williams
● The Book Page, by Diane Skoss
● Heard in the Dojo
● Events & Announcements
● The Last Word, by Diane Skoss

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Oct
07

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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