Video: Morihiro Saito teaches jodori and jonage techniques inside the Iwama Dojo

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This is a rare video indeed of Morihiro Saito Sensei instructing jodori and jonage techniques inside the Iwama Dojo in September 1988. These seldom taught jo techniques are advanced level material that form an integral part of the Iwama Aikido weapons curriculum.

Jodori (staff-taking) refers to a series of techniques where the empty-handed partner defends against jo thrusting attacks. In jonage (staff-throwing), nage holds the jo and uses it to execute a series of throws against an opponent who attempts to grab the weapon. Each technique is thoroughly explained and demonstrated by Saito Sensei.

The original footage was recorded on VHS videotape. Both the image quality and Saito Sensei’s instruction are excellent and easy to follow. Pat Hendricks appears as uke and also provides the interpretation. In addition, the footage is subtitled to facilitate study of the techniques presented.

We are indebted to Bernice Tom of Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego, California for offering this video for the benefit of the larger aikido community.

Duration: 23:03
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  1. Craig Cruse says:

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I believe his understanding and teaching of the weapons of aikido exceed any shihan that I have every seen. Clips like this are a great teaching aide because you can watch them over and over and learn something new each time.

  2. Jeff Dowdy says:

    Great footage where Saito Sensei mentions some points not mentioned in other videos of him explaining these particular techniques. I imagine there is still a lot of footage floating around like this that is at risk of being lost. It is a great service to the aikido community to donate these to prosperity. Thanks

  3. Andrew Aquilino says:

    Great “stuff”. Its been said that Aikido is a blend of timing and positioning, I believe I just observed a demonstration of both. The connection between weapons practice and body arts is evident. Can’t wait to get on the mat.
    Thanks for providing a continuous stream of priceless information.

  4. Thank you very much Bernice Sensei, thank you very much Aikido Journal. Lots of study to be done here.

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