“”The World of Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo… the Missing Link of O-Sensei’s Takemusu Aiki”

In discussions of the evolution of Morihei Ueshiba’s art, the Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo may be considered the “missing link” to an understanding of the Founder’s “Takemusu Aiki.” The latter term refers to Morihei’s aikido during his intensive period of study in Iwama during the war and the years immediately following. Many consider this the actual birth of modern aikido and the epitome of Morihei’s art. Mainstream aikido knows little of this period, and only some schools of aikido regard the practice of the ken and jo as important.

This video is a rare film treasure that was shot in Iwama in front of the Aiki Shrine in 1979. Morihiro Saito Sensei is in spectacular form as he demonstrates Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo suburi and kata exercises. His movements are incredibly precise and powerful as Saito Sensei personifies the spirit and concentration that should enliven practice of the ken and jo. Saito Sensei’s uke in this film are Bernice Tom and Ryuji Inagaki, younger brother of Shigemi Inagaki, present head of the Iwama Dojo.

Contents: Ken suburi / Ken awase / Kumitachi / Happogiri, Jo suburi / 31-jo kata / 13-jo kata / 31-jo awase / Kumijo

Duration: 9:49


Videos such as this are part of the on-going effort at Aikido Journal to amass a huge catalog of visual documents on all manner of subjects related to aikido for the edification and enjoyment of the aikido community.

This is the fifth and final article of a five-part series focusing on the life and technique of Morihiro Saito, 9th dan:

“Remembering Morihiro Saito Sensei (1),” by Stanley Pranin

“Remembering Morihiro Saito Sensei (2),” by Stanley Pranin
“The Iwama Aikido Conundrum,” by Stanley Pranin
“Morihiro Saito Celebrates 50 Years in Aikido,” by Stanley Pranin
Morihiro Saito demonstrates the Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo at the Aiki Shrine in 1979

“Today is the Last Day of our DVD Sale!”

“I have published a set of 7 DVDs that capture over 14 hours of seminars conducted by my teacher, Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. This body of video material — fully subtitled in English — is one of the most important resources available on aikido technique. I believe you will find these videos immensely useful to you in your personal aikido studies. — Stanley Pranin” This 7-DVD set is available only through Sunday, November 11 for the special price of $97.95.

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