Expanding and Refining the Notion of Self-defense by Stanley Pranin

“Martial artists discover that their discipline and effort has paid off handsomely and, in the bargain, provided benefits which spill over into other areas of their lives.” Aikido Journal #103 (1995) Self-defense can be defined as the protection of one’s life and/or property against an attack. In cases where people take active steps to safeguard […]

Historical photo: “Morihei Ueshiba captivates budo aficionados among Tokyo’s elite” by Stanley Pranin

“Here in a single image that tells a story with many threads, we see a 43-year-old martial arts phenomenon at the outset of his illustrious career.” In 1927, Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba moved his family to Tokyo from Ayabe, near Kyoto. They had spent the previous seven years living among the community of followers of […]

Interview with Kisaburo Osawa by Katsuaki Terasawa

“O-Sensei taught mostly the nobility and people connected with the military. So, of course, someone like myself was not qualified to participate!” This interview was conducted in San Francisco in 1975 and appeared in the November 1975 issue of Aiki News.   Sensei, would you explain how you first became involved in aikido? I understand […]

Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 100, 1994

“Although almost totally unknown to aikido practitioners, one of the most fascinating related forms of the art was created by Minoru Hirai. Hirai served as General Director of Morihei Ueshiba’s old Kobukan Dojo during World War II, and later taught his own unique form of jujutsu based on the principle of circular taisabaki. Aikido Journal […]

A Common Sense Look at Aikido by Yoshio Kuroiwa

“Basics demonstrate the mechanics of how to unbalance an opponent and create an opportunity for the application of a technique” Since there are no matches in Aikido we should give careful thought to the nature of our practice. The spiritual side of practice is also important, but if we overemphasize it our training becomes idealistic […]

Looking Back at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration by Stanley Pranin

“One of the most interesting things about the All-Japan demonstrations is that you can see an entire range of aikidoka from hobbyists to the world’s finest teachers in a single venue, in a single afternoon.” Aikido Journal #118 (Fall/Winter 1999) I recently attended the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration sponsored by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo for perhaps […]

Video: Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, at 2004 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

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 […]

Video: Morihei Ueshiba — “Channeling the Power of the Gods,” by Stanley Pranin

“Many of the old-timers spoke of some kind of extraordinary power that O-Sensei possessed beyond the dimension of physical strength.” 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 […]

Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei Ueshiba’s Ill-starred Mongolian Expedition,” by Stanley Pranin

“If you have read anything about aikido history, you’ll remember that this expedition failed, and Onisaburo and his party — including of course, Morihei — were captured and nearly executed by the Chinese authorities.” In this screencast, Stanley Pranin tells the fascinating story behind a rare photograph of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba taken in 1924 […]

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Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 100, 1994

“Although almost totally unknown to aikido practitioners, one of the most fascinating related forms of the art was created by Minoru Hirai. Hirai served as General Director of Morihei Ueshiba’s old Kobukan Dojo during World War II, and later taught his own unique form of jujutsu based on the principle of circular taisabaki. Aikido Journal […]

A Common Sense Look at Aikido by Yoshio Kuroiwa

“Basics demonstrate the mechanics of how to unbalance an opponent and create an opportunity for the application of a technique” Since there are no matches in Aikido we should give careful thought to the nature of our practice. The spiritual side of practice is also important, but if we overemphasize it our training becomes idealistic […]

Looking Back at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration by Stanley Pranin

“One of the most interesting things about the All-Japan demonstrations is that you can see an entire range of aikidoka from hobbyists to the world’s finest teachers in a single venue, in a single afternoon.” Aikido Journal #118 (Fall/Winter 1999) I recently attended the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration sponsored by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo for perhaps […]