Video: Tetsuzan Kuroda, Headmaster of Kuroda Family Bujutsu, at Aiki Expo 2003

“Martial Artist of Impossible Skills!” Tetsuzan Kuroda, the headmaster of the martial legacy of the Kuroda family, is one of the best known and respected of contemporary Japanese koryu practitioners. He is one of Japan’s finest swordsman, a master of a variety of classical weapons, and an adept in the soft-style Kuroda family jujutsu. This […]

Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 1

“What was Koichi Tohei teaching after the Aikikai?” Koichi Tohei Sensei needs no introduction. He is one of the most important figures in the postwar development of aikido, and was the first and only person to be officially promoted to 10th dan by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Tohei Sensei played a pivotal role in spreading […]

Video: Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, at 2004 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

This is a video clip of Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, from the 2004 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Isoyama Sensei started aikido as a boy in Iwama and learned directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Hiroshi Isoyama is known for his dynamic demonstrations that combine technique with physical power. Audiences […]

Video: Morihei Ueshiba — “Channeling the Power of the Gods,” by Stanley Pranin

“Many of the old-timers spoke of some kind of extraordinary power that O-Sensei possessed beyond the dimension of physical strength.” I began collecting films of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba at a young age, probably about 18 or 19, when my first teacher Isao Takahashi lent me a copy of the 1953 film taken in Wakayama […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.