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 […]

Video: Morihiro Saito’s 1992 special demonstration on promotion to 9th dan

“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 […]

Video: Don Angier demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2002

“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 […]

Video: Hiroshi Tada at the 1986 All-Japan Demonstration

“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 […]

Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 3

“Get the Answer to the Question of What Koichi Tohei Taught Direct from the Source!” Koichi Tohei Sensei’s contributions to postwar aikido are huge. Since his departure from the Aikikai in 1974, newer generations of aikidoka are only vaguely aware of his activities and teaching methodologies. Through videos such as these, we are able to […]

Screencast: Focus on History — “The Old Aikikai Hombu Dojo: Inside and Out,” by Stanley Pranin

“Enter inside the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo and prepare to train!” In this screencast, Stanley Pranin presents a detailed layout of the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo as drawn by Mariye Takahashi. Also, shown are several fascinating photos from the 1950s and 60s taken inside the dojo. In this episode, you will actually have a chance […]

Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei demonstrates jodori with his son, Kisshomaru”

“Morihei on Weapons in Aikido… More evidence!” In this screencast, Stanley Pranin presents an unusual photo of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba shot around 1961. The Founder is shown handling a jo thrust attack from his son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Duration: 4:40 minutes Access: paid subscribers Transcript of screencast Hi, I’m Stanley Pranin, and welcome to another […]

Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 2

“More of Koichi Tohei’s Insights on Ki Training” This video is the second part of several hours of rare video footage taken during a seminar taught by Koichi Tohei Sensei in Osaka in July, 1983. Tohei Sensei continues his presentation of Ki principles and techniques in clear language and with repeated demonstrations to communicate his […]

Video: Frank Doran Sensei, 7th dan, instructs at Aiki Expo 2002

Frank Doran Sensei, 7th dan, is one of the founding fathers of aikido in Northern California. He began training in 1959 in San Diego, California under Tokuji Hirata, an early student of Koichi Tohei in Hawaii. Doran Sensei is one of the main instructors in the San Francisco Bay area and a leader of the […]

Video: Pat Hendricks teaches at Aiki Expo 2002

Pat Hendricks started Aikido in 1974 with Stanley Pranin and Mary Heiny. In 1977, she moved to Iwama, Japan, to study with Saito Sensei Shihan. For the next 30 years, she returned to Japan over 25 times including six years as an uchideshi in the Iwama Dojo. Hendricks Sensei holds a menkyo kaiden weapons certification […]