"Each and every master, regardless of the era or place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are may paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love."
Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Links

Technical

Requirements and rationale for ranks in Aikido from 6th kyu to 4th dan (.pdf file, opens in a new window)

Takemusu Aikido Compendium (.pdf file, opens in a new window)

Saito Sensei

Tai no henko and morote dori kokyu ho 7 minutes 34 seconds (opens in a new window)

20 jo suburi 8 minutes (opens in a new window)

20 jo suburi aide memoire by Paul Robinson.
A list of the 20 jo suburi with English translations and links to demonstrations of the suburi by Saito Sensei.

7 ken suburi 3 minutes 3 seconds (opens in a new window)

7 ken suburi aide memoire
A list of the 7 ken suburi with English translations and links to demonstrations of the suburi by Saito Sensei.

Saito Sensei seminar circa 1986 Melbourne 14 minutes 55 seconds(opens in a new window)

Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei

Zengo giri, shiho giri and happo giri (2, 4 and 8 directional cuts) demonstrated by Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, 6th Dan Takemusu Aikido Kyokai NL. The emphasis is on the footwork. 2 minutes (opens in a new window)

Paolo Carolinni Sensei

from Takemusu Aikido Italy.

Traditional aikido sandan level taijutsu techniques PART 1 5 minutes PART 2 5 minutes 18 seconds PART 3 5 minutes 18 seconds PART 4 4 minutes 49 seconds

Traditional aikido yondan level taijutsu techniques PART 1 8 minutes 11 seconds PART 2 5 minutes 12 seconds tachi and tanken waza techniques 8 minutes 5 seconds jo waza techniques 9 minutes 10 seconds

Ukemi

Step by step instruction on how to high fall by Maung Maung Thant (San dan). 3 minutes 16 seconds (opens in a new window)

Ukemi core training. A slow core balance and core muscle exercise for aikido front and back rolls, based upon Systema rolling exercises and yoga neck/shoulder postures. From the University of South Florida Aikido. 5 minutes 02 seconds (opens in a new window)

Front feather fall ukemi. An easy method for teaching soft forward breakfalls (ukemi). This clip shows the University of South Florida Aikido version of the feather fall method developed by Sensei Frank Ostoff of Aikido Zentrum Dusseldorf. 5 minutes 39 seconds (opens in a new window)

Advanced feather fall ukemi. A forward soft feather fall instruction method which can be practiced without a partner. 3 minutes 12 seconds (opens in a new window)

Other

Levels of Technique in Aikido Training by David Alexander

4 Levels, 4 Corners (.pdf file) An exploration, by Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, of the various levels of waza and ukemi from a qualitative perspective.

Demonstration of blending by Tony Hardiman of The Chi Clinic. 3 minutes 41 seconds (opens in a new window) Describes the importance of posture, balance and respect for your partner. Tony has practised martial and healing arts for over 50 years.

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Demonstrational

Morihiro Saito Sensei

Morihiro Saito Sensei Demonstrating Aikido outdoors in Iwama 1964. 7 minute 34 seconds (opens in a new window)

Kumitachi and kumijo demonstrated by Saito Sensei 8 minutes (opens in a new window)

Hoa Newens Sensei

Kumi Jo 1 minute 5 seconds (opens in a new window)

Tachidori 1 minute 6 seconds (opens in a new window)

Tantodori 1 minute 31 seconds (opens in a new window)

Randori 20 seconds (opens in a new window)

Kokyunage 31 seconds (opens in a new window)

Hoa Newens Sensei and Pat Hendricks Sensei circa 1983 1 minute 55 seconds (opens in a new window)

Other

Pete Reynolds Sensei (New Forest Aikido) demonstrating kokyunage 26 second clip (opens in a new window)

Kayla Feder Sensei on Aikido 3 minutes (opens in a new window)

Anthony Yates, 6th Dan Aikido Yoshinkan 50 second clip (opens in a new window)

Koichi Tohei, Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Tadashi Abe demonstrate Aikido dressed in civvies (1952). 1 minute 29 seconds (opens in a new window)

Aikijinja Taisai 2008 9 minute 41 seconds (opens in a new window) The 2008 memorial service of O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba with Offering Demonstration by doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder, and views of Iwama.

Offering Demonstration by doshu Moriteru Ueshiba - Aikijinja Taisai 2010 3 minute 57 seconds (opens in a new window) The doshu is the grandson of the founder. This was the last taisai held before the devastating earthquakes of 2011 which caused significant structural damage to O'Sensei's dojo. The 2011 taisai was cancelled.

Offering Demonstration by Mitsuteru Ueshiba (Wakasensei) - Aikijinja Taisai 2010 2 minute 26 seconds (opens in a new window) Wakasensei is the great grandson of the founder. This was the last taisai held before the devastating earthquakes of 2011 which caused significant structural damage to O'Sensei's dojo. The 2011 taisai was cancelled.

Excellent 5th kyu test by Marlo, a young aikidoka from Aikido of South Florida. 9 minutes 48 seconds (opens in a new window)

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Informational

Takemusu Aikido Compendium (.pdf file, opens in a new window)

Aikido etiquette

Aikido Institute Davis (Chief Instructor Howard Hoa Newens Sensei) Code of Etiquette Aikido Dojo Etiquette simply and elegantly expressed.

Unwritten rules of the Hombu Dojo Aikido Dojo Etiquette is fairly standard around the world (here's ours) but individual dojos may have other rules specific to themselves. If you visit other dojos please familiarise yourself with their code of etiquette before you train. Follow this link for advice from fellow aikidoka on some unwritten rules of Hombu Dojo, Tokyo.

Aikido and the possession of offensive weapons (wooden) with regards to UK law

Aikido and the possession of bladed/pointed articles with regards to UK law.

Dave's Roman-Japanese Aikido Lexicon A list, in Japanese and romanized script, of words and word fragments which are the building blocks of aikido terminology (.pdf file).

Aikido Lexicon from Academy of Ritsu Zen (.pdf file).

Aikido Journal Online articles, bibliography, encyclopedia, books, dvds, blog

Aikido Journal YouTube Channel (opens in a new window)

Aikido and Physics 46 minute 37 seconds (opens in a new window) Aikido, the Japanese martial art, is distinguished by it's goal to defend while protecting the attacker from injury. Aikido deals with a blending of motions as well as redirecting of forces from the attacker which ultimately results in the expense of very little physical energy. This video describes what is taking place in terms of physics.

Japanese T.V. item recorded in Iwama 7 minute 32 seconds (opens in a new window) Shows school children and uchideshi training in Iwama. Shot before the devastating earthquakes of 2011 which caused significant structural damage to O'Sensei's dojo. With English subtitles.

Iwama Dojo & Aiki Shrine 3 minute 48 seconds (opens in a new window) Video tour around Iwama Dojo and Aiki Shrine. Does not included aikido practice. Shot in December 2009 before the devastating earthquakes which caused significant structural damage to O'Sensei's dojo in 2011.

Iwama City The Home-Town of Aikido 5 minute 43 seconds (opens in a new window) Video tour around Iwama. Does not included aikido practice. Shot before the devastating earthquakes of 2011 which caused significant structural damage to O'Sensei's dojo.

Iwama, the birthplace of Aikido 10 minutes (opens in a new window) Video showing aspects of a day in the life of an uchideshi, a live-in student, of the Iwama dojo. This was recorded after the restoration work that followed the earthquake in early 2011.

Aikido National Geographic 46 minute 55 seconds (opens in a new window)

The Art of Aikido Healing by David Sonnenschein

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Morihei Ueshiba

Wikipedia biography of Morihei Ueshiba

Quotes from Morihei Ueshiba on Wikiquote

Jo and Bokken Demonstration 9 minutes 47 seconds (opens in a new window)

1935 Asahi News Film 9 minutes 42 seconds (opens in a new window)

Budo was recorded in 1999. In it Saito Sensei reads from the book Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (with voice-over in English) and demonstrates the techniques described in it. Morihei Ueshiba wrote Budo, in 1938, as a handbook for his senior students. It was made available to the public by his family after his death and published in English in 1991.

Part 1 5 minutes 55 seconds Part 2 4 minutes 34 seconds Part 3 10 minutes 01 seconds Part 4 9 minutes 06 seconds Part 5 8 minutes 31 seconds

O'Sensei in Iwama in 1961. This film shows Ueshiba's everyday life: practising, teaching, praying, taking tea...

Part 1 5 minutes 16 seconds Part 2 4 minutes 30 seconds Part 3 6 minutes 11 seconds Part 4 4 minutes 29 seconds Part 5 6 minutes 20 seconds

Tanabe City Morihei Ueshiba was born in Tanabe City in 1883. The following videos show places in the City associated with Ueshiba.

Video diary of a visit by Dorin Marchis and Takahiro Kawashima to Tanabe 5 minute 49 seconds (opens in a new window) Shows O'Sensei's birthplace, dojo and grave.

Tanabe - Morihei Ueshiba Hometown 1 of 3 4 minute 10 seconds (opens in a new window) Shows Tanabe station, O'Sensei's birthplace and the beach.

Tanabe - Morihei Ueshiba Hometown 2 of 3 4 minute 41 seconds (opens in a new window) Shows Tanabe budokan and Ogigahama Park with it's memorial to Minakata Kumagusu and statue of O'Sensei. (Minakata Kumagusu, the father of Japan's environmental movement, was a friend of Ueshiba. The founder took part in the campaign against the Shrine Consolidation Policy with Kumagusu. The Policy planned to force smaller shrines to amalgamate with larger ones with the authorities seizing the land for development.)

Tanabe - Morihei Ueshiba Hometown 3 of 3 7 minute 03 seconds (opens in a new window) Shows Kozanji Temple and O'Sensei's grave.

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Historical

The Origins of Martial Arts in the UK an article by Nigel Porter.

Henry Ellis Sensei recalls the early days of Aikido in the U.K. Accompanied by a slide show. 9 minute 17 seconds (opens in a new window)

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Takemusu Aikido

Aikido Clubs under technical direction of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei

Other Takemusu Aikido Clubs

Allander Aikido Club

Cambridge Aikido

New Forest Aikido

Reading Zenshin Aikido Club

Aiki Jo Bideford

Iwama Ryu Aikido - Saito Sensei Japanese TV report recorded in 1992. Click on the cc icon for subtitles. 5 minutes 37 seconds (opens in a new window)

Takemusu Aikido Association dedicated to the development and dissemination of Aikido based on the highest ideals of the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, O-Sensei. The Association does this by continuing and promoting the Founder's traditional teaching and training methods as passed on by his longest direct disciple, Morihiro Saito, Shihan.

Aikido Institute Davis is a member of the Takemusu Aikido Association which exists to promote the teachings of the Founder as passed on to us by his closest disciple, Saito Morihiro Sensei, 9th dan. The principal instructor is Howard Hoa Newens Sensei a board member of the Takemusu Aikido Association. Twice a year Aikido Institute Davis publishes an informative newsletter view past issues

The not-so-soft traditional Aikido Interview with Saito Sensei which appeared in the Australasian Fighting Arts magazine December 1986.

Interview with Saito Sensei from 1996 (.pdf file) Saito Sensei was interviewed by Gaku Homma Sensei.

Iwama Monogatari David Alexander spent 10 years in Iwama in the 1970's and early 1980's. Here are some anecdotes from his time there.

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Other Aikido

British Aikido Board the Sport England governing body for Aikido in the UK. The Board acts as an agent for insurance which is compulsory for both students and instructors. It also promotes a nationally recognised coaching scheme.

B.A.B. Course Calendar

31 jo kata at altitude Being on holiday is no excuse for not training! In 2005 Nigel Hymas walked the Inca Trail. This video shows him practising the 31 jo kata with his walking stick. (.avi format)

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Misogi & Shinto

Eight Misoginogyo (.pdf file) Translation of an interview with Abe Sensei by AikiNews.

Interview with Seiseki Abe Excerpt from an interview with Seiseki Abe by Stanley Pranin.

O'Sensei performing misogi no jo 39 seconds (opens in a new window)

O'Sensei performing misogi no jo at the Kumano Hongu-Taisha Shrine in the late 1960's. Quality not very good but rare footage. 3 minutes 15 seconds (opens in a new window)

Misogi no ken a purification exercise with bokken designed by the late Rinjiro Shirata sensei performed by Domien Moons sensei. 1 minute 2 seconds (opens in a new window)

Misogi no jo a purification exercise with jo performed by Brian Heery sensei. 1 minute 19 seconds (opens in a new window)

Kitaido bohjutsu, Misogi no kata Misogi with bo (long staff). 1 minute 13 seconds (opens in a new window)

Takigyo Waterfall Training 5 minute 46 seconds (opens in a new window)

Misogi Takigyo Kiai Waterfall meditation. 8 minute 57 seconds (opens in a new window)

At The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America in Washington State Misogi Shuho and Aikido are practised daily.

Misogi at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America 52 seconds (opens in a new window)

It began in Iwama Excerpt from the autobiography of The Rev. Yukitaka Yamamoto, 96th High Priest of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture in Japan, in which he describes how his life's work (the restoration and reconstruction of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine) began with a visit to Iwama.

Encyclopedia of Shinto

Some Background on Shinto A useful introduction to Shinto written by a Japanese American Wiccan.

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Suppliers of equipment and clothing

Nine Circles for quality Japanese Budo equipment and gi.

Books about Aikido

Wellsprings bookshop Wellsprings is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.

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Yoga

Yoga Warmups for Aikido Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal Online describes how yoga has helped him overcome a back problem and the positive effect that yoga has had upon his aikido. He then demonstrates the yoga routine that he has incorporated into his aikido warmups. 17 minutes 36 seconds (opens in a new window)

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei Warmup Photo Series Six images showing O'Sensei in the midst of leading the class in warmup exercises. These photographs were taken in February 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo only a few weeks before his passing on April 26. The Founder took great pains to maintain his physical conditioning all of his life. (opens in a new window)

Yoga and Martial Arts An article by Mark Sensei

Yoga Classes with Mark in Poole, Moreton And Corfe Mullen

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Other sites

General Japanese Etiquette from the Global Portal for Diplomats. If you are going to visit Japan familiarise yourself with Japanese Etiquette before you travel.

Guide to Japanese manners and etiquette from the Japanese Reference website.

Tai chi with Richard Small Sensei 4th dan TIAE

Deyin Taijiquan Institute (GB) Mark Sensei is a qualified Deyin Taiji Instructor

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