Jun
24

More than 60 variations… Quotable quotes from Morihiro Saito’s “Takemusu Aikido: Background & Basics”

“When executing omote, or entering techniques from ryotedori, begin from ai hanmi with you and your partner in the same stance with the same foot forward. Ura, or turning movements, begin from gyaku hanmi, with both of you in a stance with your opposite foot forward…”

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Jun
24

Few aikidoka know this resource! A reconstruction of prewar Aiki Budo based on 1934 “Budo Renshu” training manual

This very interesting video is an attempt at the reconstruction of prewar Aiki Budo techniques based on line drawings from “Budo Renshu,” a training manual published in 1934. About 211 techniques covering the training syllabus of Morihei Ueshiba of that period are presented in “Budo Renshu…

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Jun
23

Just for fun! “Adventures and misadventures of the intrepid Ninja!”

This is a well-done spoof on the hilarious adventures and misadventures of two Japanese tv ninja. Must viewing for every martial artist!…

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Jun
23

Confusion abounds! What really happened with Koichi Tohei’s 10th dan promotion?

The unclear point has to do with the fact that an “Inauguration Party” for Tohei Sensei’s 10th dan was held on October 16, 1970, fully 18 months after the passing of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. What was the reason for the delay and did Morihei Ueshiba actually authorize Tohei Sensei’s 10th dan promotion?…

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Jun
23

A way out of an apparent contradiction… “Morihei Ueshiba’s Aikido to the rescue!” by Stanley Pranin

So, if we wait to be sure that we are being attacked before defending ourselves to be legally in the right, we are likely to become victims and be injured or killed. If, on the other hand, we launch a preemptive attack to better the odds of our prevailing, but in the process injure our presumed attacker, we end up in hot water with the law. What to do? Enter Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido…

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Jun
22

A way out of an apparent contradiction… “Morihei Ueshiba’s Aikido to the rescue!” by Stanley Pranin

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“Morihei Ueshiba’s philosophy offers a visionary approach to many of life’s thorniest problems and innovative solutions aimed toward peaceful resolutions.”

stan-pranin-closeupOf late, I have been preoccupied with what at first glance seems an irresolvable dilemma. Let me describe the elements of this perplexing problem. It has to do with the notion of self-defense and what assumptions necessarily attach to it which we may not have fully considered.

Of necessity, if we are defending ourselves, we must be the target of an attack of some sort. If we are the target, the perpetrator of the attack has arranged the circumstances of his aggression to his advantage, and we are forced into a reactive role. Whether the aggressor is armed or unarmed, he enjoys a great advantage because the time necessary for the defender to respond after the fact is very short. In addition to the physical response time window which may only be fractions of a second, there is the mental processing time required to recognize the attack as as threat that must be dealt with. How can one expect to prevail under such unfavorable conditions? Except perhaps in the case of the highly trained individual, there is not sufficient time or opportunity for the less skilled to escape, and most end up victims of violence.

What alternatives are there to this seemingly hopeless dilemma? Well, we might consider taking on the role of the initiator when we have determined that an attack against our person is imminent. That is to say, we might decide to launch a preemptory attack when we believe that someone is about to physically harm us.

Unfortunately, this leads us down another slippery slope which should give us pause to reflect. For example, if we had a “hunch” that someone was about to strike us, and instead struck him first, what would our legal standing then be? Could we say after the fact to the judge, “You see, he was about to hit me, so I got in the first punch instead. I’m so sorry I broke his jaw!”? How would the legal system treat us in such a scenario when we have outright admitted that we struck the first blow and caused injury to the would-be attacker? Surely not kindly. Once again we have hit a wall.

So, if we wait to be sure that we are being attacked before defending ourselves to be legally in the right, we are likely to become victims and be injured or killed. If, on the other hand, we launch a preemptive attack to better the odds of our prevailing, but in the process injure our presumed attacker, we end up in hot water with the law. What to do?

Enter Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido…
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Jun
20

Tons of comments! “The problem with Nikyo and Kote Gaeshi” by Phil Davison

When I first started doing martial arts I trained in a Hapkido dojo (dojang) where the sparring was reasonably intense. We had a lot of injuries. I don’t agree with this sort of training and nowadays my students very rarely injure themselves. But in training like that I learned a few valuable lessons, and these have got me thinking about Kote Gaeshi and Nikyo…

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Jun
20

From this Aikido arose! Spectacular Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Demo with Katsuyuki Kondo

This video contains highlights from a spectacular sogo budo event centered on Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. In addition to numerous Daito-ryu masters, experts demonstrate aikido, Tenjin Shinyo-ryu jujutsu, and various kobudo schools. The finale features an outstanding demonstration by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei, Menkyo Kaiden…

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Jun
20

More than 1,000 photos! From Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu to Aikido: “The Noma Dojo photos capture a technical revolution!”

In 1936, an historic event took place that provides a clear snapshot of the techniques of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba at this stage of his career. The Founder, together with his devoted uchideshi Shigemi Yonekawa, were photographed performing hundreds of Aiki Budo techniques, running the gamut from basic to advanced. The Noma photos are full of complex joint-locks and pins and retain many of the characteristics of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu techniques. These images capture the Morihei Ueshiba during a transition phase on his path toward the development of modern aikido…

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Jun
19

Dealing with the pathology of violence… “Beyond Attack and Defence” by Nev Sagiba

From time to time, in my travels, Aikido came forth to save my life, but I did not entirely understand what was happening, only that the results of regular training with a great sensei, an uchideshi of the founder, was enabling me to survive. I made lots of assumptions back then. Some became obstacles on the path, others steppingstones to better understandings…aining from Morihei Ueshiba and the senior instructors of the headquarters dojo in Tokyo beginning in the 1960s…

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Jun
19

Dynamic and precise! Micheline Tissier, 6th dan, in knife demonstration at Bercy

This video contains a series of well-executed knife defense techniques performed by Micheline Tissier Sensei at the 2010 martial arts demonstration at Bercy, France. Micheline Tissier is one of the highest ranking female aikido instructors in the world and is known for her dynamic and precise technique…

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Jun
19

Morihei and Sokaku…”Vague financial arrangements and strong personalities led to problems between these two martial arts geniuses”

Ueshiba eventually established himself as a well-known teacher of jujutsu in Tokyo while Takeda continued to travel extensively all over Japan, giving seminars primarily to prominent persons such as judges, police officials, military officers and the like. Although Ueshiba and Takeda had little direct contact from that point on, they did maintain a correspondence. Further, Ueshiba, now an accredited teacher of Daito-ryu, awarded scrolls of proficiency to his direct students until quite probably as late as 1937. Among the recipients of Daito-ryu diplomas from Ueshiba are Kenji Tomiki, Minoru Mochizuki, Rinjiro Shirata, and Gozo Shioda…

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