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: 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: 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 […]

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.

Video: Steven Seagal at 1995 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

“This demonstration was given at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on the occasion of Steven Seagals’s 7th dan award” Steven Seagal is a well-known action movie star who has showcased aikido in many of his films. Steven lived in Japan for a number of years where he operated an aikido dojo in Osaka. After first […]

Video: Hiroshi Ikeda demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2005

Hiroshi Ikeda: His Aikido is “Crazy Good!” Duration: 5:01 minutes Access: paid subscribers Hiroshi Ikeda, 7th dan, is the chief instructor of Boulder Aikikai in Boulder, Colorado. He is one of the top aikido instructors in the USA due to his incredible skill level and extensive travel schedule which has carried him all over the […]

Video: Hitohiro Saito demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2005

“The Extraordinarily Talented Son of Morihiro Saito Displays his Remarkable Skills!” Duration: 5:30 minutes Access: paid subscribers Aiki Expo 2005 attracted some of the finest martial artists from Japan and the USA to Los Angeles, California where the event was held.. Among the famous aikido figures on hand was Hitohiro Saito, the son and successor […]

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 […]

Video: Kisaburo Osawa Sensei, 9th dan, at the 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

Here is a fascinating video clip from a demonstration given by Kisaburo Osawa Sensei, 9th dan at, the 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. Osawa Sensei was known for his light touch and smooth technical execution, punctuated by sudden bursts of speed. He was 76 years of age at the time of this demonstration. Osawa Sensei had […]