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“Interview with André Cognard (1),” 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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Video: Don Angier demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2002 (member video)

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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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 [...]

The Improbable Launch of My Career as an Aikido Historian 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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“Interview with André Cognard (1),” 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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Magazine: Aiki News Number 88, Summer 1991

“One day, O-Sensei said, “Taijutsu which encompasses the theory of the sword is aikido.” Aiki News Number 88, Summer 1991 Contents      ● Editorial – The Winds of Change, by Stanley Pranin      ● Letters to the Editor      ● Interview with Morihiro Saito, by Stanley Pranin      ● Morihiro Saito Technical Notebook — Shomenuchi kotegaeshi, by Morihiro Saito [...]

Yoshio Sugino instructs Toshiro Mifune on the set of "Yojimbo" while Director Akira Kurosawa looks on

The Last Swordsman: The Yoshio Sugino Story, by Tsukasa Matsuzaki

“Something that caught Kurosawa’s attention was Sugino’s solid, well-balanced personal deportment, and he ordered the actors to emulate this as best they could…” Yoshio Sugino, swordsman of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, is respected worldwide as one of the elder statesmen in the world of Japanese kobujutsu (classical martial arts). Born in 1904, his life has [...]

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Interview with Minoru Akuzawa by Tim Fong with Robert John

“You have to relax and still hold the shape of the exercise properly. It has to have rigidity to it, but it can’t be stiff.” Recently Tim Fong made a trip out to Japan and was able to catch up with Akuzawa-sensei (he often tells westerners to call him “Ark”) over drinks. With the assistance [...]

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Magazine: Aiki News Number 94, Winter-Spring 1993

“I believe that Saito Sensei is capable of seeing the hearts of people directly on a spiritual level.” “Aikido’s technical debt to Daito-ryu is immense. It is difficult to find a movement in aikido which does not originate in Takeda’s jujutsu form.” Contents of Aiki News Number 94 Editorial – “Daito-ryu and Omoto: The Two [...]

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True Self Defense by George Ledyard

“The skills and technology of True Self Defense are simply an extension of those developed for survival over hundreds of thousands of years.” Let us look at the nature of “Self Defense”. There are two kinds of self defense and one is merely a distortion of the other. The first Self Defense is authentic. It [...]

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