Mar
25

Dynamic Action Star: “Clip 5 from Steven Seagal’s 1990 Seminar”

We are pleased to present the fifth of a series of video clips featuring movie action star Steven Seagal taken at a seminar in San Jose, California in 1990. This seminar took place just at the time of the ascent of his movie career, and as such is a rare event. Seagal Sensei is in fine form, his teaching style dynamic, and technical explanations direct and to the point. For the period, the video quality of the seminar is excellent with clear audio. As such, viewers will gain insight into the reasons why so many people were captured by his skills and charisma both on the mat and on the movie screen which contributed greatly to his rise to fame..

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Mar
24

Inimitable! Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan, in private demonstration at Meiji University (1990)

This is beautiful clip of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei giving a private demonstration at Meiji University. The essence of Yamaguchi Sensei’s inimitable style of aikido is readily evident as he spontaneously reels off one technique after another…

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Mar
24

Must watch… Rumiko Hayes — “More Martial Magic of the Diminutive Ninja Lady!”

This video presents another inspiring display of this incredible martial artist. Rumiko Hayes’ perfectly timed soft-style manuevers take advantage of positional and anatomical weaknesses to control her opponent. These movements are beyond style and much martial wisdom awaits the careful observer!..

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Mar
24

Morihei encounters Sokaku: “An eager apprentice to a formidable martial arts master!”

Takeda Sokaku is recorded in modern budo history as the transmitter of Daito-ryu Jujutsu. He was an awe-inspiring person with a formidable appearance and, although he was about 2 inches shorter than O-Sensei, he always seemed to stare down at things with a mysteriously piercing gaze, made all the more so by a tight-lipped frown due to his lack of front teeth. It is said that Onisaburo Deguchi, who had a reputation for being able to tell people’s fortunes, once told Takeda that even though he had mastered one “Way,” he was a man with the smell of blood and a hapless or evil fate. Master Deguchi often wondered why Ueshiba was so humble towards Takeda, and this attitude was a point of irritation to the religious leader…

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Mar
24

Against O-Sensei’s deeply held beliefs… 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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Mar
21

Watch for the Daito-ryu! Sadateru Arikawa Sensei, 9th dan, at the 20th Anniversary of the Kobukan Dojo (1995)

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Mar
21

Free pdf download of Aiki News #67: “Look what’s inside!”

Contents of Aiki News #67 – May 1985

* Editorial – “Why We Do What We Do,” by Stanley Pranin
* Interview with Nobuyoshi Tamura (2), by Stanley Pranin
* History of Daito-ryu, by Tokimune Takeda
* O-Sensei Biography: Chapter VI – Part 4, “Training in the Way and Farming in Iwama, by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
* Morihiro Saito Technical Notebook (36) — Tachidori kokyunage, by Morihiro Saito
* Heard in the Dojo
* Aikido Friendship Demonstration Report, by Stanley Pranin
* Letters to the Editor

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Mar
21

Does this apply to Aikido? “Bruce Lee on blending with one’s opponent,” by Stanley Pranin

The first sentence about “following the natural bends of things” and “not interfering” clearly reminds one of the aikido principle of blending with one’s partner. The point of “never asserting yourself against nature” is, too, of special importance. The Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei admonished practitioners to harmonize with the “activities of all things in nature.” A concrete example of this would not be resorting to physical strength when executing a technique in direct opposition to an opponent, but rather blending with his movement. Yet this is a common tendency among aikido practitioners…

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Mar
21

Highly effective! Morihiro Saito: “The nuts and bolts of executing an effective Nikyo”

This video clip provides a glimpse of the teaching methodology of Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, one of the most important of the postwar generation of aikido teachers. In all of his classes and seminars, his intention was to reveal the art’s basics and progressive training practices, leading to the most advanced level of accomplishment in aikido. Saito Sensei’s purpose was to preserve and disseminate Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s “Takemusu Aiki” curriculum taught in Iwama in the years immediately following the war…

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Mar
20

O-Sensei’s favorite uke! Tai no henka featuring Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei at Mulhouse in 2007

This video is a short clip showing the late Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei teaching tai no henka at a seminar in Mulhouse in 2007. This blend is different from that taught by Morihiro Saito in several respects. Watch carefully how Tamura Sensei harmonizes his movement with uke through the use of his entire body.

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Mar
20

Basics, basics, basics! Morihiro Saito Sensei explains tai no henko and morotedori kokyuho

In this video, Morihiro Saito Sensei explains tai no henko and morotedori kokyuho. Saito Sensei also talks about his training background in Iwama under the tutelage of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and how he views his teaching mission. This video was shot in the early 1990s…

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Mar
20

How Morihei Ueshiba achieved his first successes! “Kobukan Dojo Era (Part 1)” by Stanley Pranin

During the Kobukan period, Morihei Ueshiba rubbed shoulders with the elite of Japanese society associating with luminaries from military, political, business and religious circles. Though not politically motivated himself, Morihei taught and interacted with many of the leading figures of the times, men who had deep respect for his incredible martial skills and who would shape Japan’s destiny as it hurtled toward war on the continent and in the Pacific…

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