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 [...]

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 [...]

“Who is Koichi Tohei and why is he so important to an understanding of the development of aikido?” In May, 1974, an event occurred that shook the roots of the aikido world to its very foundations. It was then that Koichi Tohei, the chief instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, resigned from his post and [...]

“True budo means to win over yourself and eliminate the fighting heart of the enemy.” A: When I was a college student my philosophy professor showed us a portrait of a famous philosopher, and now I am struck by his resemblance to you, Sensei. O-Sensei: I see. Maybe I should have entered into the field [...]

“I know that Saito Sensei didn’t treat me any differently just because I was a woman. He judged me from a neutral place. That’s what I loved about him.” Ikuko Kimura: How are you enjoying the Expo? Pat Hendricks: This is more than I ever expected, there is so much talent here, not just the [...]

“O-Sensei’s elite cadre of collaborators who forged today’s Aikido” Stanley Pranin’s beautiful  “Aikido Chronological Chart” may be downloaded by all members of the Aikido Journal Members Site — both free and paid — as a pdf file. This carefully researched chart contains photographs and capsule biographies of some 70 of the best-known disciples of Aikido [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

“Sokaku’s concern for Morihei was like a father for his son.” Aiki News would like to express its gratitude to Tokimune Takeda Sensei for granting permission to reprint this summary of an article which appeared in No. 39 of the newsletter published by the Daitokan Dojo. Here I would like to record the relationship between [...]

“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 [...]

Aiki News Number 37, 1981 Contents      ● Editorial on Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Interview with Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Morihiro Saito’s Technical Notebook — Katatedori koshinage, Katatedori koshinage, Ryotedori koshinage, by Morihiro Saito      ● World Aikido Directory      ● The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, “Idol Among the Soldiers, Chapter II – [...]

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 [...]

Ueshiba Family Tree

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Improbable Launch of My Career as an Aikido Historian by Stanley Pranin

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

An Overview of Koichi Tohei’s Early Aikido Career by Stanley Pranin

“Who is Koichi Tohei and why is he so important to an understanding of the development of aikido?” In May, 1974, an event occurred that shook the roots of the aikido world to its very foundations. It was then that Koichi Tohei, the chief instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, resigned from his post and [...]

The cover of "Aikido" published by Kowada in 1957 that contains the Japanese-language text of this interview.

Interview with Morihei Ueshiba and Kisshomaru Ueshiba

“True budo means to win over yourself and eliminate the fighting heart of the enemy.” A: When I was a college student my philosophy professor showed us a portrait of a famous philosopher, and now I am struck by his resemblance to you, Sensei. O-Sensei: I see. Maybe I should have entered into the field [...]

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Interview with Pat Hendricks by Ikuko Kimura

“I know that Saito Sensei didn’t treat me any differently just because I was a woman. He judged me from a neutral place. That’s what I loved about him.” Ikuko Kimura: How are you enjoying the Expo? Pat Hendricks: This is more than I ever expected, there is so much talent here, not just the [...]

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Free download: Stanley Pranin’s “Aikido Chronological Chart”

“O-Sensei’s elite cadre of collaborators who forged today’s Aikido” Stanley Pranin’s beautiful  “Aikido Chronological Chart” may be downloaded by all members of the Aikido Journal Members Site — both free and paid — as a pdf file. This carefully researched chart contains photographs and capsule biographies of some 70 of the best-known disciples of Aikido [...]

Ueshiba Family Tree

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 [...]

Stanley Pranin's “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters”  is now available as an ebook!

Sokaku Takeda in Osaka, by Tokimune Takeda

“Sokaku’s concern for Morihei was like a father for his son.” Aiki News would like to express its gratitude to Tokimune Takeda Sensei for granting permission to reprint this summary of an article which appeared in No. 39 of the newsletter published by the Daitokan Dojo. Here I would like to record the relationship between [...]

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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 [...]

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Magazine: Aiki News Number 37, 1981

Aiki News Number 37, 1981 Contents      ● Editorial on Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Interview with Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Morihiro Saito’s Technical Notebook — Katatedori koshinage, Katatedori koshinage, Ryotedori koshinage, by Morihiro Saito      ● World Aikido Directory      ● The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, “Idol Among the Soldiers, Chapter II – [...]

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Ueshiba Family Tree

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 [...]

Stanley Pranin's “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters”  is now available as an ebook!

Sokaku Takeda in Osaka, by Tokimune Takeda

“Sokaku’s concern for Morihei was like a father for his son.” Aiki News would like to express its gratitude to Tokimune Takeda Sensei for granting permission to reprint this summary of an article which appeared in No. 39 of the newsletter published by the Daitokan Dojo. Here I would like to record the relationship between [...]

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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 [...]

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Magazine: Aiki News Number 37, 1981

Aiki News Number 37, 1981 Contents      ● Editorial on Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Interview with Mitsunari Kanai, by Stanley Pranin      ● Morihiro Saito’s Technical Notebook — Katatedori koshinage, Katatedori koshinage, Ryotedori koshinage, by Morihiro Saito      ● World Aikido Directory      ● The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, “Idol Among the Soldiers, Chapter II – [...]