An Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo Course in 20 modules
by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan!

An Online Video Course Covering All of the Basic Aiki Weapon Forms!

I’m Stanley Pranin and it is my pleasure to announce the launch of our latest online Aikido course. This content-rich curriculum presented by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, covers all of the fundamentals of the aiki ken and aiki jo as practiced in Iwama for decades.

Weapons in Aikido

The world of aikido is divided on the subject of whether or not weapons practice belongs in the aikido curriculum. The official position of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo is that taijutsu or empty-handed techniques alone constitute the core of the art. This notwithstanding, aikido schools across many different styles have gradually adopted weapons training in some form or another in their training.

Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba spent many years studying and practicing weapons, mainly the aiki ken and aiki jo. Morihei studied the aiki ken and jo intensively during and after the war at his country residence in Iwama. Due to a series of historical circumstances, Morihiro Saito was the Founder’s main training partner during this period.

It was Saito Sensei who preserved, systematized, and disseminated these weapon forms that the Founder bequeathed. Saito Sensei’s rich curriculum consisting of a cohesive whole of empty-handed and ken and jo techniques attracted a worldwide audience due to his ground-breaking technical books and extensive international travels.

Course content

The “Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo Course” consists of 20 video modules available for online viewing and downloading. The first section of the course includes Saito Sensei’s subtitled instructional videos that cover the following material:

  • 7 Ken Suburi
  • Ki Musubi no Tachi
  • 5 Kumitachi – Henka no Tachi
  • 31 Jo Kata
  • 20 Jo Suburi
  • 31 Jo Kumijo
  • 10 Kumijo
  • 13 Jo Awase


The second section comprised of instructional and demonstration footage traces the evolution of Saito Sensei’s ken and jo forms over a 30-year period. You will see rare clips of weapons instruction and demonstrations beginning in 1964 through 1993. This will afford an insider’s view of the development of ken and jo practices over time.

Benefits to your aikido training

If you have read this far, I think it safe to conclude that you understand the numerous benefits to be gained from including aiki ken and jo practice in your training. What happens when you start to practice aiki weapons?

Your wrists, upper body, hips and legs will become strengthened due to the new forms of exercises you will be practicing.

You will develop a heightened sense of maai or combative distance due to the nature and greater reach of these weapons. This increased awareness and sensitivity will directly translate to your taijutsu training.

You will appreciate the genius of the Founder in incorporating the principles of the ken and jo to the taijutsu curriculum. The use of body placement and hipwork in aikido, especially, derive from sword principles.




  1. Does this also come as a DVD?

  2. luis gustavo de arruda botelho pinheiro says:

    Buenas tardes, me gustaria de comprar la oferta Master aiki ken & jo.
    Un saludo

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