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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Oct
06

Transcending values… “Budo: from Force to Gentleness” by Nick Lowry

Real training, real practice invites us to embody principle. It invites us to shape ourselves around different values, not winning points or even winning wars, but values that transcend and include violence and that over time reward this devotion to principled activity by endowing us with competent efficiency and dramatic dignity in the face of anxiety…

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Oct
06

The Aikikai approach: Hayato Osawa, 7th dan, explains Shomenuchi Iriminage in Belgium, November 2013

This is a high-resolution clip from a November 2013 seminar conducted by Hayato Osawa, 7th dan Aikikai, in Belgium. In this clip, Osawa Sensei demonstrates shomenuchi iriminage in detail, as well as several other techniques…

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Oct
03

Reaching out to your community… Tenzan Aikido’s Childrens program with Bruce Bookman Sensei

Bruce Bookman Sensei was kind enough to send us this video depicting the children’s aikido program at his Tenzan Aikido Dojo in Seattle, Washington. This video gives the viewer a real feel for all of the care and creativity that went into structuring the children’s classes at his dojo. The reality of operating a successful dojo in most circumstances requires a healthy children’s program. This is a beautiful example of what can be achieved…

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Oct
03

Misinformation becomes cited fact! “Common Misconceptions about Aikido History,” by Stanley Pranin

Many of the common mistakes made by historians have been perpetuated in print for decades. Unfortunately, they are here to stay. This is especially true for works written in Western languages which, in almost all cases, draw on secondary sources. Although Aikido Journal has a broad readership built up over 37 years of publication, we do not represent the mainstream of thought in the aikido world on historical matters…

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Oct
03

Koichi Tohei was an idol! “An Insider’s look at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the late 1950s” by Yoshimitsu Yamada

The Ueshiba family house was attached to the dojo, and Morihei himself quite often, although irregularly, appeared on the mat. O’Sensei represented the ultimate authority for all of the uchi-deshi. Through his demeanor, he personified all of the qualities a young Japanese used to strive for at the time…

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Oct
02

Pat Hendricks, 7th dan: “A close-up look at the rigorously precise Iwama Aikido curriculum”

This video presents highlights from a seminar Pat Hendricks conducted in New Zealand and will give viewers a feel for her clear and precise teaching style. This clip shows an interesting teaching progression that many instructors will find useful in planning their classes. She was one of the most skilled students of Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan. This is Iwama Aikido at its best!…

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Oct
02

Hirokazu Kobayashi’s Successor: “Interview with André Cognard (1),” by Stanley Pranin

I had never heard the name Kobayashi. Eighth dan was a very high rank at the time. Tamura Sensei and Noro Sensei were not 8th dan; they were 6th dan. And we were constantly being told Tamura Sensei was the only one. O-Sensei has only one disciple, his spiritual son, you go through him or you don’t get anywhere in aikido. We heard it all the time, and so I thought it was strange. I thought, there are two options, either Kobayashi is an impostor, or I’ve been lied to for years…

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Oct
02

Early Morihei in action… Wow! “Channeling the Power of the Gods,” by Stanley Pranin

I began collecting films of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba at a young age, probably about 18 or 19, when my first teacher Isao Takahashi lent me a copy of the 1953 film taken in Wakayama Preference. It was very enjoyable watching this powerful, old man throw around much younger students with ease.

More than anything else, it was a curiosity, an item of interest to be shown on special occasions. Our model at that time was Koichi Tohei Sensei, and our teachers modeled themselves after him

Over the years, I collected a few more films, and began translating articles about the Founder’s life from the Japanese. Then later, I moved to Japan and started interviewing O-Sensei’s students one by one. Little by little, I got a clearer picture of how the Founder’s aikido was, and what made it so special.

Many of the old-timers spoke of some kind of extraordinary power that O-Sensei possessed beyond the dimension of physical strength. Some said that it seemed as though the Founder were enveloped by some kind of impenetrable energy barrier. They said his body was as hard as steel, and that they were defeated before they could physically attack…

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