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Using Koichi Tohei’s Model as a Baseline, by Mike Sigman

“Steven Seagal can’t lift Koichi Tohei!” One of the big problems with many of the Aikido articles printed by westerners is that they are opinion articles, often with fuzzy interpretations of numerous Aikido or Aikido-related ideas. Sometimes the idea of “Aikido-related” is a far stretch indeed, getting into self-help, psychology, and other areas that Ueshiba […]

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Historical photos: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei performing the misogi jo, c. 1965 by Stanley Pranin

“A nuboko adorned with jewels was used by Izanami and Izanagi while standing on the Ame no Ukihashi to ‘stir’ the sea!” This series of photos shows Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei performing misogi jo movements inside the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo, c. 1965. If you look closely, you will see that he is actually using two […]

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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 […]

Kiyoshi Nakakura (1910-2000)

Interview with Swordmaster Kiyoshi Nakakura (1) by Hideo Yamanaka and Stanley Pranin

“I had the feeling that no one could beat me. I had rarely lost a match before, and I absolutely did not want to be defeated especially by people in Tokyo.” The text below is the first of a two-part interview with Kiyoshi Nakakura Sensei, 9th dan hanshi in both Kendo and Iaido and one […]

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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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The Dawn of Tomiki Aikido by Seiji Tanaka

“The mere technicians only teach techniques, but true educators, like Professor Kano and Professor Tomiki, teach us the methods and principles upon which their students can grow with no limitations.” First of all, I would like to explain how, where and why Tomiki Aikido started. It goes back to the month of April, 1958 when […]

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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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Video: Don Angier demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2002 (member video)

“When I began teaching in the fifties and mentioning aiki jujutsu, Kotaro and Kenji Yoshida, and the Daito-ryu, everyone said that I was a phony and there are no such people and no such art as aiki jujutsu. Now aiki jujutsu is the new buzzword!” This video captures an outstanding demonstration by one the unique […]

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Video: Hiroshi Tada at the 1986 All-Japan Demonstration (member video)

“One of Aikido’s most dynamic exponents gives a stirring performance at the 1986 All-Japan Demonstration” Hiroshi Tada Sensei is the last of the high-ranking instructors of the postwar generation within the Aikikai system. He started practice at the Hombu Dojo in 1950 while still a Waseda University student. Tada Sensei spent eight years instructing in […]

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Kiyoshi Nakakura (1910-2000)

Interview with Swordmaster Kiyoshi Nakakura (1) by Hideo Yamanaka and Stanley Pranin

“I had the feeling that no one could beat me. I had rarely lost a match before, and I absolutely did not want to be defeated especially by people in Tokyo.” The text below is the first of a two-part interview with Kiyoshi Nakakura Sensei, 9th dan hanshi in both Kendo and Iaido and one […]

chinkon_kishin

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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The Dawn of Tomiki Aikido by Seiji Tanaka

“The mere technicians only teach techniques, but true educators, like Professor Kano and Professor Tomiki, teach us the methods and principles upon which their students can grow with no limitations.” First of all, I would like to explain how, where and why Tomiki Aikido started. It goes back to the month of April, 1958 when […]

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