Add Morihei Ueshiba’s Name Card to Your Collection of Aikido Memorabilia! by Stanley Pranin

“For those who have come to believe that Morihei’s association with the Omoto religion became distant after the devastating consequences of the Second Omoto Incident of December 1935, this simple name card speaks volumes.” More interesting items have come to light as I sift through boxes and photo albums. Today’s find is a “meishi” or […]

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 […]

“Memoir of the Master,” by Morihei Ueshiba with commentary by Stanley Pranin

“I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind” One of the first aikido books published in English appeared in 1963. It was authored by Morihei Ueshiba’s son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, who later became the Second Doshu. This book contained a […]

Kobukan Dojo Era (Part 1) by Stanley Pranin

Part 2 of this article is available here Introduction In April of 1931, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, opened a private dojo in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo called the “Kobukan.” This dojo served as the center of the founder’s activities for more than a decade and is intimately related to the subsequent birth […]

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 […]

Free download: Stanley Pranin’s “Aikido Chronological Chart”

“O-Sensei’s elite cadre of collaborators who forged today’s Aikido” Stanley Pranin’s beautiful  “Aikido Chronological Chart” may be downloaded by all members of the Aikido Journal Members Site — both free and paid — as a pdf file. This carefully researched chart contains photographs and capsule biographies of some 70 of the best-known disciples of Aikido […]

“A Tribute to Sadateru Arikawa, 9th dan,” by Stanley Pranin

“Arikawa Sensei was talkative, tireless, severe yet cheerful, fearsome on the mat, and fiercely loyal to the Ueshiba family.” On October 11, 2003, the aikido world lost 9th dan Sadateru Arikawa, one of the few remaining giants of the postwar generation of instructors that played a predominant role in the dissemination of the art worldwide. […]

Magazine: Aiki News Number 32, December 1978

Sensei said, “Come and strike me!” I went to strike him and tumbled over. “Come and kick me!” When I tired to kick him, I was gently overturned. “Come and grab me!” I was thrown without knowing how. My shirt sleeves and pants ripped!” Contents Editorial – “Attack Perception,” by Stanley Pranin Interview with Morihiro […]

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 […]

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 […]