Minoru Hirai: “How Aikido got its name!”


“Mr. Hisatomi argued for his proposal energetically and explained that ‘Aikido’ would be a better name than ‘Aiki Budo’ for this new section, because it would be better to stress the idea of ‘michi’ or Way…”

Aikido Journal Number 100, 1994


     ● Editorial – Aikido: A Legacy from the Past, a Vision for the Future, by Stanley Pranin
     ● Aikido Journal News
     ● Letters to the Editor
     ● Interview with Minoru Hirai, by Stanley Pranin
     ● Aiki is not Always Pretty, by Ellis Amdur
     ● Interview with Takefumi Takeno (1), by Stanley Pranin
     ● Coping in a Violent World, by Mike Mello
     ● The Omoto Religion and Aikido, by Yasuaki Deguchi
     ● Takemusu Aikido — Shomenuchi sankyo omotewaza, by Morihiro Saito
     ● Kobudo & Kobujutsu, by Meik Skoss
     ● Morihei Ueshiba & Gozo Shioda, by Stanley Pranin
     ● Interview with Mark Jones, by Meik Skoss
     ● Famous Swordsmen of Japan, by Takefumi Hiiragi
     ● Heard in the Dojo
     ● The Book Page, by Diane Skoss
     ● Events & Announcements
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  1. there’s some footage of Minoru Hirai Sensei out there on Youtube that literally made me weep when I first saw it: he looks SO MUCH like O’Sensei in his body-movement and techniques…

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