PDF download: January 1964 issue of Aikido Headquarters Newspaper

“Wakasensei” Kisshomaru Ueshiba from 1964 Aikido Headquarters newspaper

“Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei boards the plane for NYC in 1964″

While going through some old boxes of documents, we recently came upon a collection of old English-language newspapers published by the Aikido Headquarters Dojo in Tokyo. They contain a lot of good historical information that most of today’s practitioners have not seen. In the interests of better informing our readers and insuring that these rare documents survive into the next generation, we are offering a free PDF download of scans of the very first issue published in January 1964.

Here are the contents of the first issue of the 4-page newspaper:

  • Aikido Headquarters Publishes English Language Newspaper
  • Director Visits Dojos in Hawaii, Calif.: Waka-Sensei Kisshomaru Ueshiba makes an inspector tour to USA
  • New Teacher to N.Y: Yoshimitsu Yamada, 4th dan, to USA
  • New Year Greeted: Etsu-Nen Geiko practice held
  • Olympic Team Tries Aikido: Japan Olympic Water Polo Team practices aikido
  • This is Aikido: Excerpted from “Aikido” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba (“Memoir of the Master”)
  • Book Review: A review of “Aikido” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
  • Want to Study Aikido in Tokyo? by Robert Nadeau
  • Aikido Directory: A list of major Aikido dojos around the world
  • First Issue Greeted: Greetings from Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei


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