Morihei Ueshiba demonstrating ken no kamai
Morihei Ueshiba performing ikkyo pin
Morihei Ueshiba Kaiso
Corallini Shihan performing kote gaeshi
Saito Shihan performing irimi nage
Saito Shihan performing ryokata dori kokyu nage
Saito Shihan performing yokomen-uchi tanren

Takemusu Aikido Forest Row

Saito Sensei Explains Iwama Ryu Aikido

The video posted below is a great introduction to Aikido in general and to Iwama-Ryu Aikido in particular. Some salient comments contained in this video are:


* In Aikido there is no competition.

* The Aikido founder studied many martial arts and created Aikido. One of the main differences in Aikido is “hanmi” [i.e. stance – literally means “half-body”]…. No other martial art is based on this stance.

* There will be no error as long as your body movement is based on this hanmi stance.

* Iwama style Aikido can be learnt by anyone, male, female, young, old. This is simply because the techniques [of Aikido] are 100% logical.

* The history of Aikido is quite long, but the inter-relationship between weapons and empty handed techniques [ken-jo-taijutsu-no-riai] is only since 1945.

* Simply because of hanmi footwork, it makes your movement so quick and well balanced.

* Using these three components [hanmi (footwork), tai-sabaki (body movement), and kokyu-ho (breathing power)], try to use minimum power to create great effect, so that you can defend against many simultaneously.

* If you look at it [the attack], you can’t move it, because your intention and the other person’s intention clash. Just let it go!

* Training everyday is great fun for all students!

* After World War II, in the peaceful environment of Iwama, the Aikido Founder spent about 15 years to complete present Aikido as a perfect Budo (martial art). During that period the mind of the founder worked like a computer!

* When you do empty hand techniques always think about sword. When you do sword-work always think about empty hand technique.


Written by: Nicolas de Knoop, 1 April 2015