Aiki Expo

The Aiki Expo events were major aikido seminars sponsored by Aikido Journal and conceived and organized by Stanley Pranin that gathered together many high-ranking teachers from Aikido, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, classical Japanese martial arts, and karate. The events included both seminars and demonstrations and encouraged participants to cross-train in other disciplines. Aiki Expos were held in […]

The 10th installment of the "Kawaridane Nihonjin" series published in 1966

Retracing the footsteps of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba by Stanley Pranin

“The attraction for me, a teenager at that time, was the flashy action scenes, the cool detachment of the heroes, and the exotic language and settings. I was fast becoming a Japanophile! “ I have been asked by my staff to write about how it was that I embarked on the path that I have [...]

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Historical photos: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei warmups, February 1969

Recently, we uploaded a rare photograph of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba that was taken in February 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. This was only a few weeks before his passing on April 26. The photo was shot by Jean Greslé, a French pilot for Air France who was visiting Tokyo at the [...]

Koichi Tohei in 1970

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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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 [...]

Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “How I Started Aikido”

“Witnessing a violent act triggered me to action!” Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin relates how he first began aikido in Southern California in 1962. This led to a lifelong study of the art where he found his calling, all due to the profound message of Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

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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 [...]

Koichi Tohei in 1970

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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