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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 […]

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Magazine: Aiki News Number 62, July 1984

“O-Sensei was at his best in the later years of his life, perhaps. I believe he reached his highest level of development after the Iwama years…” Aiki News Number 62, July 1984 Contents      ● Editorial – Shirata and Mochizuki Senseis, by Stanley Pranin      ● Interview with Rinjiro Shirata, by Stanley Pranin      ● Heard in the […]

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Founder of Aikido (12): The First Encounter with Master Sokaku Takeda by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

“Though Morihei was physically stronger than Takeda, he was powerless in the face of his teacher’s control of technique and pinning” Takeda Sokaku is recorded in modern budo history as the transmitter of Daito-ryu Jujutsu. He was an awe-inspiring person with a formidable appearance and, although he was about 2 inches shorter than O-Sensei, he […]

Koichi Tohei teaching at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1962

Interview with Koichi Tohei (1), by Stanley Pranin

“I began studying aikido because I saw that Ueshiba Sensei had truly mastered the art of relaxing. It was because he was relaxed, in fact, that he could generate so much power.” Aikido has grown explosively since World War II. Koichi Tohei, a distinguished contributor to this development, is perhaps one of those most qualified […]

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Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995

“Even if you cut off my head, it has no more effect than stroking the spring breeze that whispers now across these fields.” Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995 Contents      ● Editorial – Can competition enhance O-Sensei’s Aikido?, by Stanley Pranin      ● Letters to the Editor      ● Interview with Kazuo Chiba, by Stanley Pranin      ● Improvisations, […]

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Satsujinken and Katsujinken, by Dane S. Harden

“Sometimes the movies get it right…” “Go seek balance Daniel-san”…these were the words Miyagi Sensei spoke to his pupil at a time in Daniel’s life when he needed help. All of us face challenging times in our lives. Those times require fortitude, discipline, persistence, bravery, and a balanced approach in order to properly address our […]

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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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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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Koichi Tohei teaching at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1962

Interview with Koichi Tohei (1), by Stanley Pranin

“I began studying aikido because I saw that Ueshiba Sensei had truly mastered the art of relaxing. It was because he was relaxed, in fact, that he could generate so much power.” Aikido has grown explosively since World War II. Koichi Tohei, a distinguished contributor to this development, is perhaps one of those most qualified […]

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Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995

“Even if you cut off my head, it has no more effect than stroking the spring breeze that whispers now across these fields.” Aikido Journal Number 102, 1995 Contents      ● Editorial – Can competition enhance O-Sensei’s Aikido?, by Stanley Pranin      ● Letters to the Editor      ● Interview with Kazuo Chiba, by Stanley Pranin      ● Improvisations, […]

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Satsujinken and Katsujinken, by Dane S. Harden

“Sometimes the movies get it right…” “Go seek balance Daniel-san”…these were the words Miyagi Sensei spoke to his pupil at a time in Daniel’s life when he needed help. All of us face challenging times in our lives. Those times require fortitude, discipline, persistence, bravery, and a balanced approach in order to properly address our […]

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