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: 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 […]

Video: Yoshio Kuroiwa Sensei in 1985 at the 1st Aikido Friendship Demonstration

Yoshio Kuroiwa enrolled in the Hombu Dojo about 1954 having had a strong background in judo and boxing. In his younger years, Kuroiwa Sensei was known as one of the strongest aikidoka at the headquarters dojo. He remained a controversial figure within the Aikikai system throughout his career. Kuroiwa Sensei was also a skilled writer […]

Video: John Goss, 7th dan Korindo Aikido, at Aiki Expo 2002 in Las Vegas

John Goss Sensei operates a Korindo Aikido dojo in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a long-time Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu student of Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei. Goss Sensei has also developed exceptional skills in the hanbo, a short-stick weapon with applications in such areas as law enforcement. In this most unusual video clip, you will see Goss Sensei’s […]

Video: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates at the 2006 Iwama Taisai

This video of Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba was taken by Stanley Pranin at the 2006 Aikido Taisai held at the Iwama Shrine in Ibaragi Preference. It consists of a short speech and a beautiful aikido demonstration given by Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei. Taking ukemi were Mitsuteru Ueshiba and several Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructors. The demonstration was […]

Video: Norihiko Ichihashi, 8th dan, at the 1994 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

Norihiko Ichihashi Sensei, 8th dan, was one of the senior instructors at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo from the 1970s until his untimely passing in 2001. A powerfully built man, he demonstrates a soft, yet powerful technique with a minimal of physical exertion. His effortless performance is a model of poise and blending. Ichihashi Sensei was […]

Video: Rare clip of Aikido Pioneer Isao Takahashi in 1964

Here is a long-forgotten video clip of Aikido Pioneer Isao Takahashi Sensei from a demonstration he gave at the University of Southern California (USC) way back in 1964. Takahashi Sensei was one of the early Hawaiian students of Koichi Tohei in 1953 in Honolulu. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1960 to become the chief […]

Video: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba at the 1993 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

This is a video clip of the present Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, from the time when he was still known as “Wakasensei,” or “Young Master.” This was prior to his becoming the Third Doshu following the passing of his father, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, in 1999. Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei was groomed from a young age to eventually become […]