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 […]

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 […]

Stanley Pranin’s lecture on “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda”

“Why would Sokaku Takeda relocate with his entire family to the underdeveloped village of Shirataki and live there the rest of his life?” Stanley Pranin presents a 28-minute lecture titled “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda.” He explores the complex relationship between these two martial arts geniuses, and explains how Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques came to form […]

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 […]

Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei Ueshiba’s Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Teaching Certification,” by Stanley Pranin

“At the Center of the Rift between Morihei and Sokaku Takeda” This is the first of a series of screencasts titled “Focus on History” by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin. This video provides detailed information on the “kyoju dairi,” or teaching certification, awarded to Morihei Ueshiba by Sokaku Takeda in Ayabe in 1922. This award […]