Founder Morihei Ueshiba with Michio Hikitsuchi in front of Kumano Juku Dojo c. 1953

Interview with Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, Aikido 10th Dan by Laurin Herr and Tim Detmer

Excerpts from this 2001 interview conducted in Shingu, Japan were originally published in “Remembering O-Sensei”, edited by Susan Perry (Shambhala Publications 2002) “What I learned directly from O-Sensei is that the spirit of creating world peace comes before waza. Without that spirit, our Aikido cannot progress.” Sensei, when did you meet O-Sensei? I first met […]

Altered photo from "Aikido Shimbun, Number 2" published in May 1959. Placard reading "Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu" has been removed.

Historical photo: The amazing chameleon photo of O-Sensei from 1922, by Stanley Pranin

“This photo has been published in books and newsletters at least five times. Here’s the kicker. The photo appears in four different versions!” Background As a researcher of aikido history, this photo is one of the most fascinating documents I have ever come across. First of all, a little background. This photo was shot about […]

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Etiquette and the Preservation of Well-being by Stanley Pranin

“Etiquette serves to create a training environment where inherently dangerous techniques can be practiced with a predictible outcome.” Aikido Journal #113 (1998) Last month I attended a Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu seminar conducted by Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei in Baltimore, Maryland. In the course of his instruction, Kondo Sensei made a statement that struck me as especially profound. […]

Historical photo: Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, escapes from bear hug of huge American soldier by Stanley Pranin

“Koichi Tohei was the only person to be officially awarded the 10th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.” This is a rare photo of Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th dan, teaching a group of military personnel in Hawaii. Here he seems perfectly at ease even while a large American applies a powerful bear hug from behind. […]

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The Body is the Temple of the Spirit by Stanley Pranin

“We may all have to age, but our expectations as to how fast and to what degree this process will occur are conditioned by what we see in society around us.” From Aikido Journal #112 (1997) I’ve been holding back for years on writing this editorial for fear of upsetting a segment of our readers […]

Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei demonstrating the sword

“Interview with André Cognard (2),” by Stanley Pranin

André Cognard was born in France in 1954. He was 17 years old when he started teaching aikido to adults, by opening five dojos in several cities in France. Four years later, he received the French state diploma for teaching judo, aikido, karate and kendo. In 1973 he met Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei (1929-1998), a direct […]

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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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Screencast: Focus on History — “Ueshiba Family Tree: The Line of Succession” by Stanley Pranin

Morihei Ueshiba’s Family and Line of Succession In this screencast, Stanley Pranin presents a chart containing an abbreviated genealogical tree of the Ueshiba Family and discusses Morihei Ueshiba’s family background, aikido-related relatives, and the line of succession in aikido. Duration: 6:29 minutes Transcript of screencast Hi, I’m Stanley Pranin, and welcome to another episode of […]

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Video: Morihiro Saito’s 1992 special demonstration on promotion to 9th dan (member video)

“Saito Sensei built this dojo when it was announced that the Iwama Dojo would soon be torn down” The name of Morihiro Saito is known almost universally among aikido practitioners. He was one of the giants of postwar aikido and among the closest students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, having trained with O-Sensei in Iwama […]

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Historical photo: Koichi Tohei, 10th dan, escapes from bear hug of huge American soldier by Stanley Pranin

“Koichi Tohei was the only person to be officially awarded the 10th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.” This is a rare photo of Koichi Tohei Sensei, 10th dan, teaching a group of military personnel in Hawaii. Here he seems perfectly at ease even while a large American applies a powerful bear hug from behind. […]

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The Body is the Temple of the Spirit by Stanley Pranin

“We may all have to age, but our expectations as to how fast and to what degree this process will occur are conditioned by what we see in society around us.” From Aikido Journal #112 (1997) I’ve been holding back for years on writing this editorial for fear of upsetting a segment of our readers […]

Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei demonstrating the sword

“Interview with André Cognard (2),” by Stanley Pranin

André Cognard was born in France in 1954. He was 17 years old when he started teaching aikido to adults, by opening five dojos in several cities in France. Four years later, he received the French state diploma for teaching judo, aikido, karate and kendo. In 1973 he met Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei (1929-1998), a direct […]

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