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 performing morotedori kokyuho

Morotedori Kokyuho

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, practiced morotedori kokyuho in every training session. Here below is a video detailing the essential elements of this exercise:   “Do this movement with the feeling of dropping your […]

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Saito Sensei performing nikyo ura waza

4th Kyu Syllabus

TAI JUTSU * Shomen Uchi Dai Nikyo (Omote & Ura) * Kata Dori Dai Ikkyo (Omote & Ura) * Kata Dori Dai Nikyo (Omote & Ura) * Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage (Omote) BUKI WAZA * San Ju […]

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Honest Training – “Sunao keiko”

Here is an interesting article written by Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal about honesty in training. It is important to get the balance correct between providing a realistic strong attack and allowing ones partner to perform a […]

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O'Sensei performing ni-no-suburi

Ken Suburi Nanahon

Here is a video of Saito Sensei demonstrating and explaining the 7 ken suburi. This video was filmed in Italy in the private dojo of Dr. Paolo Corallini Sensei in 1988.  Please also find below some […]

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Interview with Morihiro Saito Sensei

Here below is a wonderful interview with Morihiro Saito Sensei, from October 1995. Gaku Homma (of Nippon Kan Culture Center in Denver, Colorado, USA) asks Saito Sensei about his life, mostly of Iwama and his memories […]

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Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei

Important Basic Principles

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, met the famous martial arts genius Sokaku Takeda in 1915. Takeda Sensei taught Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu in the first part of twentieth century, and it was this Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu that was the major technical influence […]

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Morihei Ueshiba executing tai no henko

5th Kyu Syllabus

TAI JUTSU * Hanmi * Tai Sabaki (Tsugi ashi, ayumi ashi, tenkan, irimi tenkan, kaiten, haya gaeshi) * Ukemi (Mae / Ushiro / Yoko) * Shikko * Katate Dori Tai No Henko (Kihon & Ki-no-nagare) * Morote […]

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Aikido Strategy

One of the great movies of all time is “Seven Samurai”, directed by Akira Kurosawa. There is a great scene where the lead samurai is scouting for suitable samurai to help defend a farming village from bandits. […]

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Aikido & Farming

The Founder of Aikido was really enthusiastic about farming, would make extra heavy tools for himself, and of course get his uchi-deshi (live in students) to work hard in the fields. Some students of Aikido have taken […]

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