Saturday, September 12, 2009


In this video Saito Morihiro sensei does just one thing - Irirmi. For just under two minutes. And his is utterly fierce. The video was shot by Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal. The ukes are Bruce Klickstein and Shigemi Inagaki. Towards the end Inagaki runs into some trouble with his ukemi (lands on his shoulder) and rolls off the mat. Klickstein's ukemi is wonderful throughout.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yoshinkan Kancho

A video fragment of a lecture in which Stanley Pranin describes how Saito Sensei was offered to lead the Yoshinkan once Shioda Sensei passed away. This from the DVD Budo.

Some more details were added here.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Iwama kihon

There are two useful assumptions to have during Aikido; the assumption of a weapon present and the assumption multiple attackers. This is different from actually dealing with a weapon (e.g. tanken dori) or handling multiple attackers. This is about training with a single unarmed uke without creating an opening for a use of a hidden knife and maintaining awareness in all directions. I believe that both are present in the Iwama kihon training.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Kumitachi videos

Added five Kumitachi videos with Saito Morihiro and Kenichi Shibata to the youtube channel.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dead three times

Why is this guy (Neil Blacknell) insists on giving his back to the attacker at 7, 13 and 25 sec. ?

4th dan Aikikai... unbelievable. The stills:

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