Video: Kenji Shimizu, Favorite Uke of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei

“Kenji Shimizu was called on again and again to be uke for Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei” This video features Kenji Shimizu, one of the last generation of Aikikai instructors under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Shimizu Sensei had a strong judo background and quickly came up through the ranks in his early aikido career. He was one […]

Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei and the Young Bucks of the Aikikai,” by Stanley Pranin”

“Learn what happened to the early uchideshi system and why” In this screencast, Stanley Pranin analyzes a rare historical photo in which a number of the junior Aikikai instructors from the 1960s appear formally with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He talks about each individual, and the uchideshi system which was replaced by the modern apprentice […]

Video of Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito in Iwama, 1964

“Discover Morihei’s Outdoor Dojo in Iwama” This is a rare video clip filmed in Iwama, the location of Morihei Ueshiba’s country dojo and the famous Aiki Shrine, in 1964. The Founder O-Sensei appears here with his devoted student, Morihiro Saito, one of the most outstanding figures in the postwar development of aikido. The scenery consists […]

Video: Rinjiro Shirata, 9th dan, at the 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

In this demonstration that Shirata Sensei gave at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration in 1986, he first reads aloud a scroll containing a poem in praise of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei written by the religious leader Masahisa Goi. This is followed by a free-style sword kata that includes elements of sword movements practiced by O-Sensei in the […]

Video: Morihiro Saito demonstrates outdoors in Iwama in 1964

This rare film captures Morihiro Saito Sensei performing taijutsu, and basic Aiki Ken and Jo movements outdoors in the fields of Iwama. Saito Sensei is a young 36 years old, and this film represents some of the earliest surviving footage of this master. The scenes shown here, entirely in slow motion, reveal an early stage […]

Video: Mikhai Ryabko demonstrates Systema at Aiki Expo 2005

The Systema Dilemma: “How Can Devastating Force Appear So Soft?” Duration: 9:35 Access: paid subscribers The Russian art of Systema has had a tremendous impact on the martial arts scene in the last ten years. Its founder, Mikhail Ryabko is a short stout man who moves with a remarkable gracefulness while packing explosive power. In […]

Video: Katsuyuki Kondo demonstrates at Aiki Expo 2005

“Powerful, precise and effective… the precursor techniques to Aikido” Aiki Expo 2005 was one of Aikido’s premiere events. 36 instructors of various aiki arts gathered together in Los Angeles, California to teach and demonstrate in a common venue. Many friendships and associations were forged during this extradordinary weekend. One of the highlights of Aiki Expo […]

Video: Vladimir Vasiliev — Aiki Expo 2005 Demonstration

“Russian Systema: Aikido’s Kindred Martial Art” Duration: 7:15 minutes Access: Free through Saturday, March 10 This video presents the entire demonstration of Vladimir Vasiliev of Russian Systema at Aiki Expo 2005. The Expo featured both Vladimir Vasiliev and the art’s Founder, Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir’s demonstration showcases the completely natural movements of Systema in dealing with […]

Video: Rinjiro Shirata — Prewar “Aiki Ken,” Part 1, 1981 Documentary

“The Evolution of the Sword in Aikido!” Duration: 34:07 minutes Access: Paid subscribers This video is a very important historical document in that Rinjiro Shirata demonstrates a lengthy series of Aiki Ken suburi and kata based on the prewar swordwork of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The sword content in this video program follows Morihei Ueshiba’s […]

Video: Rinjiro Shirata — “1978 Yamagata TV Documentary — Part 2”

“He was known as the ‘Kobukan Dojo Prodigy’!” Duration: 20:29 minutes Access: Free through Sunday, February 26 This video is part twp of a 80-minute tv documentary spotlighting Rinjiro Shirata, 9th dan, that was aired in 1978 in Yamagata Preference. This is an especially important historical document as it includes a rare interview with Shirata […]