This is a beautiful and historically important video of Morihiro Saito teaching a weapons seminar hosted by Sunset Cliffs Dojo in San Diego, California in 1988. Saito Sensei’s instruction is centered on the 31-jo kata awase movements. He explains the jo kata sequences slowly and clearly so that they can be easily understood by beginners. There is a shorter section that covers the kumitachi, or partnered sword kata. This video is an excellent study aid for those wishing to learn or polish their weapon basics. Stanley Pranin is the interpreter.
Videos such as this are part of the on-going effort at Aikido Journal to create a large catalog of visual documents on all manner of subjects related to aikido for the edification and enjoyment of the aikido community.
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