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This video of Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba was taken by Stanley Pranin at the 2006 Aikido Taisai held at the Iwama Shrine in Ibaragi Preference. It consists of a short speech and a beautiful aikido demonstration given by Moriteru Ueshiba Sensei. Taking ukemi were Mitsuteru Ueshiba and several Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructors.
The demonstration was caught at close range and is presented in its entirety. Moriteru Sensei has very smooth technique and excellent blending skills. He is particularly noted for his flawless execution of seated techniques (suwariwaza). Also shown are defenses against sword strike, jo thrusts, and two-man attacks.
The Iwama Taisai is an annual event held on April 29 commemorating the passing of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The ceremony is presided over by Omoto priests. It is the tradition for the current Aikido Doshu to present a demonstration on this occasion. In recent years, typically more than 500 people, many from abroad, have attended the event.
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