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: 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: 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: Michio Hikitsuchi, 10th dan, at the 1983 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei is well-known in the aikido world as one of the art’s 10th dan. Since he was awarded this rank directly by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, for many years, never officially recognized his 10th dan. Notwithstanding the controversy over his dan status, Hikitsuchi Sensei was regarded as a gifted […]

Video: Nobuyoshi Tamura demonstrates at the International Aikido Federation Convention in 1978

The late Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei (1933-2010) was an aikido legend in France where he lived for over 45 years, and in the rest of Europe as well. He began his training at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo about 1953 as an uchideshi. He soon became a junior instructor and a favorite uke of Aikido Founder Morihei […]

Video: Superb Seigo Yamaguchi Tokyo Demo from 1988

This is a rare six-minute video clip of Seigo Yamaguchi, 8th dan. This particular demonstration took place in Tokyo in 1988. Yamaguchi Sensei presents an outstanding performance with numerous taijutsu and sword techniques. Seigo Yamaguchi was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at […]

Video: Christian Tissier, 7th dan Aikikai, at Aiki Expo 2005 in Los Angeles

This video captures an outstanding demonstration by one of Aikido’s preeminent masters, Christian Tissier at Aiki Expo 2005 held in Los Angeles, California. Tissier Sensei, 7th dan Aikikai, began aikido as a boy in France in 1962, He spent eight years in Japan at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo training with many of the […]