== Recent Posts ==

  • Historical photos: Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei warmups, February 1969 (23) Recently, we uploaded a rare photograph of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba that was taken in February 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. This was only a few weeks before his passing on April 26. The photo was shot by Jean Greslé, a French pilot for Air France who was visiting Tokyo at the ...
  • Interview with Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, Aikido 10th Dan by Laurin Herr and Tim Detmer (0) Excerpts from this 2001 interview conducted in Shingu, Japan were originally published in “Remembering O-Sensei”, edited by Susan Perry (Shambhala Publications 2002) “What I learned directly from O-Sensei is that the spirit of creating world peace comes before waza. Without that spirit, our Aikido cannot progress.” Sensei, when did you meet O-Sensei? I first met O-Sensei about eight ...
  • An Overview of Koichi Tohei’s Early Aikido Career by Stanley Pranin (4) “Who is Koichi Tohei and why is he so important to an understanding of the development of aikido?” In May, 1974, an event occurred that shook the roots of the aikido world to its very foundations. It was then that Koichi Tohei, the chief instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, resigned from his post ...
  • Interview with Morihei Ueshiba and Kisshomaru Ueshiba (2) “True budo means to win over yourself and eliminate the fighting heart of the enemy.” A: When I was a college student my philosophy professor showed us a portrait of a famous philosopher, and now I am struck by his resemblance to you, Sensei. O-Sensei: I see. Maybe I should have entered into the field of philosophy ...
  • Interview with Pat Hendricks by Ikuko Kimura (0) “I know that Saito Sensei didn’t treat me any differently just because I was a woman. He judged me from a neutral place. That’s what I loved about him.” Ikuko Kimura: How are you enjoying the Expo? Pat Hendricks: This is more than I ever expected, there is so much talent here, not just the teachers, who ...

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