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Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 119, Spring 2000

“When I tried to do koshinage on some of the taller men I found that they could just step over me; no matter how I tried the technique, I couldn’t manage to throw them because the height difference…” Aikido Journal Number 119, Spring 2000 Contents      ● Editorial – Aikido: A Restatement of Universal Truths, by […]

Calligraphic works of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei displayed in the Abe dojo for the interview

Interview with Seiseki Abe (1) by Stanley Pranin

Editor: Abe Sensei, I think it was during a period of misogi training, before the war, that you first met Ueshiba Sensei. Is that right? Abe Sensei: Yes, I met Ueshiba Sensei before the war. Before World War II, a professor of medicine at Tokyo University, Kenzo Futaki Sensei, had organized a “Misogi-Kai” (a group […]

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 […]

A Common Sense Look at Aikido by Yoshio Kuroiwa

“Basics demonstrate the mechanics of how to unbalance an opponent and create an opportunity for the application of a technique” Since there are no matches in Aikido we should give careful thought to the nature of our practice. The spiritual side of practice is also important, but if we overemphasize it our training becomes idealistic […]

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Looking Back at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration by Stanley Pranin

“One of the most interesting things about the All-Japan demonstrations is that you can see an entire range of aikidoka from hobbyists to the world’s finest teachers in a single venue, in a single afternoon.” Aikido Journal #118 (Fall/Winter 1999) I recently attended the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration sponsored by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo for perhaps […]

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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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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 […]

A Common Sense Look at Aikido by Yoshio Kuroiwa

“Basics demonstrate the mechanics of how to unbalance an opponent and create an opportunity for the application of a technique” Since there are no matches in Aikido we should give careful thought to the nature of our practice. The spiritual side of practice is also important, but if we overemphasize it our training becomes idealistic […]

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Looking Back at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration by Stanley Pranin

“One of the most interesting things about the All-Japan demonstrations is that you can see an entire range of aikidoka from hobbyists to the world’s finest teachers in a single venue, in a single afternoon.” Aikido Journal #118 (Fall/Winter 1999) I recently attended the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration sponsored by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo for perhaps […]

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