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El grado importa – Cinturones Negros en Aikido [Spanish Version]

Yoshimitsu Yamada en Kauai Hawaii, 1966 *This is the Spanish translation of the article “Something’s Rank – Black Belts in Aikido“, provided courtesy of Juantxo Ruiz. ¿De qué modo pensaba Jigoro Kano? El otro día estaba leyendo una entrevista con Yoshimitsu Yamada en el sitio web de Aikido Sansuikai. Este pasaje llamó mi atención: Bueno, el sistema de clasificación en aikido es otro dolor de cabeza. Yo personalmente … Continue reading El grado importa – Cinturones Negros en Aikido [Spanish Version] »

Ueshiba-ha Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu [Spanish Version]

Morihei Ueshiba en Ayabe, 1922 frente a un cartel que indica “Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu” This is the Spanish translation of the article in English “Ueshiba-ha Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu” , provided courtesy of Héctor Muñoz Garcia. En 1922 Sokaku Takeda se trasladó a las instalaciones de Omoto en Ayabe a vivir con Morihei Ueshiba y proporcionarle entrenamiento y formación intensiva durante cinco meses. Ueshiba conoció a Takeda por … Continue reading Ueshiba-ha Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu [Spanish Version] »

El Legado de Ueshiba – Parte 1, por Mark Murray [Spanish Version]

Kisshomaru Ueshiba – Morihei Ueshiba – Koichi Tohei This is the Spanish translation of the article “The Ueshiba Legacy – Part 1, by Mark Murray“, provided courtesy of Juantxo Ruiz . Qúe significa todo esto? Significa que la visión común a propósito de que la propagación del aikido después de la guerra se llevo a cabo bajo la tutela directa del Fundador, es fundamentalmente un error. Tohei … Continue reading El Legado de Ueshiba – Parte 1, por Mark Murray [Spanish Version] »

Cuatro Generaciones de la Familia Ueshiba [Spanish Version]

Traducción de Chris Li para Mitsuteru Ueshiba Waka-sensei Waikiki Yacht Club, Honolulu Hawaii – Febrero de 2010 *This is the Spanish translation of the article “Four Generations of the Ueshiba Family“, provided courtesy of Juantxo Ruiz. Aikido y el Aikikai, ¿Hacia donde se dirigen? Mitsuteru Ueshiba (Waka-Sensei), bisnieto del fundador del Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, hizo su primera visita a Hawai en febrero de 2010. Personalmente, he podido … Continue reading Cuatro Generaciones de la Familia Ueshiba [Spanish Version] »

Ueshiba-ha Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu

Morihei Ueshiba in Ayabe, 1922 in front of a placard reading “Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu” In 1922 Sokaku Takeda moved to the Omoto compound in Ayabe to live with Morihei Ueshiba and give him intensive instruction for five months. Ueshiba first met Takeda in 1915 at the Hisada Inn in Engaru, Hokkaido, and trained intensively with him for a number of years before moving to Ayabe. Sokaku … Continue reading Ueshiba-ha Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu »

Kiichi Hogen und das Geheimnis des Aikido [German Version]

Sawamura Sojûrô V als Kiichi Hôgen (鬼一法眼) aus dem Theaterstück Kiichi Hôgen Sanryaku no Maki (鬼一 法眼 三略巻) *This is a German translation of the article  “Kiichi Hogen and the Secret of Aikido“, provided courtesy of Ian Eisterer. Geschichten aus dem Heike Monogatari Auf Seite 40 der 2009 in Japan veröffentlichten Interview-Sammlung mit Schülern des Aikido Gründers Morihei Ueshiba „Profiles of the Founder” (開祖の横顔), befindet sich … Continue reading Kiichi Hogen und das Geheimnis des Aikido [German Version] »

The Ueshiba Legacy – Part 2, by Mark Murray

I think you can see Doshu’s dilemma. He has to continue to teach the ‘essence’ of the art, but without knowing very much about what his grandfather actually did. He is a few years younger than I am and all he knows has been filtered via Kisshomaru and those deshi of Kisshomaru’s generation. Doshu’s son Mitsuteru will have an even bigger problem. Apart from a … Continue reading The Ueshiba Legacy – Part 2, by Mark Murray »

Aikido Shihan Sadao Takaoka – Meeting O-Sensei

Sadao Takaoka Sensei (1916-2002) in 1993 Sadao Takaoka was one of the lesser known direct students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He began training in O-Sensei’s home town of Wakayama in 1939, but he did not actually meet the Founder until well after the war, in 1951. And although he enjoyed a personal relationship with the Founder and often participated in the annual All Japan … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Sadao Takaoka – Meeting O-Sensei »

Aikido Shihan Seiseki Abe – Meeting Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei

Seiseki Abe (阿部醒石), 1915- 2011 Amenotakemusu Juku Aikido Dojo (天之武産塾合気道道場) Seiseki Abe was born in Osaka, Japan.  A teacher of Japanese calligraphy, he was also a student of Misogi under Dr. Kenzo Futaki, who had trained under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He began training in Aikido after encountering the Founder in Osaka in 1952 and then began teaching him calligraphy a few years later, thereby occupying … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Seiseki Abe – Meeting Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Yasuo Kobayashi – Part 2

Yasuo Kobayashi in Hawaii in 2008 the late Robert Kubo – Aikikai 8th Dan, Aikido Hawaii International, on the left “At that point in time, I was caught up in some of the political nonsense amongst various teachers residing in the States, and held forth on this one drunken night at one of the regular parties the dojo had, and Kobayashi sensei said, “X-sensei is … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Yasuo Kobayashi – Part 2 »

Happy New Year of the Rooster 2017 from the Aikido Sangenkai

Happy New Year 2017 – the Year of the Rooster! Thank you all for your help and support over the last year. We had a great time training with everybody in 2016, and we’re looking forward to even more of us getting to train together in the coming year! Can you spot the rooster on our New Year’s card? The illustration here is from the cover of “Budo”, a 1933 … Continue reading Happy New Year of the Rooster 2017 from the Aikido Sangenkai »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Yasuo Kobayashi – Part 1

Yasuo Kobayashi (小林保雄) Sensei – what a happy guy!  Yasuo Kobayashi was born in Tokyo in 1936 and started training in Judo in his fifth year of elementary school. He enrolled at Aikido Hombu Dojo in 1954, the same year that he entered Meiji University, becoming one of the early post-war students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Now an eighth dan, he is the head of Aikido … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Yasuo Kobayashi – Part 1 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Kenji Shimizu – Part 2

Kenji Shimizu Sensei with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba “You should think of ukemi as being the secret to aikido”. This is my personal experience. During my uchideshi time the founder made me fall without questioning, on top of this I was scolded mercilessly when my ukemi was bad. I had so many painful experiences, that I continuously worried about whether there would be ever any … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Kenji Shimizu – Part 2 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Kenji Shimizu – Part 1

Kenji Shimizu (清水健二) in 2007 Was O-Sensei irregular about coming to the dojo? Yes, he was. When I was actively practicing there he often came and went. When he showed up everyone immediately sat down. At first, I thought that people were being courteous toward him. However, it wasn’t only that. It was also that the practices we were doing were different from what O-Sensei … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Kenji Shimizu – Part 1 »

Takuma Hisa – Kannagara no Budo, Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Hiden 1940

“Kannagara no Budo, Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Hiden” – 1940 (惟神の武道・大東流合気武道秘伝 – 昭和15年) “In the spring of 1933, the bureau chief of the Asahi News sales office, Mr. Mitsujiro Ishii, who is presently the Minister of Justice, introduced us to Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, vouching for him as an expert on a par with the founder of judo [a reference to Jigoro Kano]. He recommended to the … Continue reading Takuma Hisa – Kannagara no Budo, Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Hiden 1940 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 2

Morito Suganuma and Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba “I show everybody the secrets everyday” What I try to keep in mind is to follow O-Sensei’s teachings and philosophy, at least my understanding and interpretation of his teachings. I want to convey what O-Sensei himself taught to Aikido students. The most important thing, as O-Sensei used to say, is don’t get injured, don’t do wrong things, and … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 2 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1

Morito Suganuma Sensei faces dueling jugglers in Hilo Hawaii – 2013 Morito Suganuma (菅沼守人) was born in Fukushima, Japan in 1942. A regional pole vaulting champion in high school, he moved on to studying Aikido with Nobuyoshi Tamura in 1963 and then entered Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1967 as one of the last uchi-deshi to train there under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He is the head … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1 »

Mamoru Okada – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Mamoru Okada Sensei (岡田主), 1921-2014 This is another of a type of essay that I really enjoy reading – memories of meeting and training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba from the perspective of ordinary students. In this essay Mamoru Okada recounts his memories of meeting Morihei Ueshiba in Osaka in 1949, after seeing him at a public demonstration held for members of the Nishi Health System. Interestingly, it … Continue reading Mamoru Okada – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba »

Budo – Moritaka Ueshiba’s 1938 Technical Manual

Ushiro technique – Gozo Shioda and Morihei Ueshiba in “Budo”, 1938 First there was “Budo Renshu” (武道練習) in 1933 (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“), which was given to select students at Moritaka Ueshiba’s pre-war Kobukan Dojo as a teaching license. This work includes pictures of techniques hand drawn by Takako Kunigoshi and explanatory text assembled and edited primarily by Kenji Tomiki. … Continue reading Budo – Moritaka Ueshiba’s 1938 Technical Manual »

Aikijujutsu Densho – AKA Budo Renshu, by Moritaka Ueshiba

Aikido Founder Morihei (Moritaka) Ueshiba “Aikijujutsu Densho” AKA “Budo Renshu”, 1934 From the early 1920’s through the end of World War II Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba used the name “Moritaka” – a name he received through his relationship with Onisaburo Deguchi (出口王仁三郎), from the word “shukou” (“Moritaka” can also be read “shukou”) that appeared in Deguchi Seishi’s Norito (祝詞, “Shinto prayers”). The actual voice of Onisaburo Deguchi chanting Shinto … Continue reading Aikijujutsu Densho – AKA Budo Renshu, by Moritaka Ueshiba »

Aikido Shihan Kenji Tomiki’s Goshinjutsu

Around 1926 – the year Kenji Tomiki started Aikido Morihei Ueshiba next to Admiral Isamu Takeshita, Center rear: the son of Gonnohyoe Yamamoto* Lt. Colonel Kiyoshi Yamamoto Kenji Tomiki standing next to Kiyoshi Yamamoto Right: nephew of Gonnohyoe Yamamoto* Vice Admiral Eisuke Yamamoto *Admiral Gonnohyoe Yamamoto was the 16th and 22nd Prime Minister of Japan Kenji Tomiki (富木謙治) began training under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Daito-ryu … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Kenji Tomiki’s Goshinjutsu »

Kenji Tomiki: Judo Taiso – a method of training Aiki no Jutsu through Judo principles

“Secret Teachings of Budo (Poems)” – from “Budo Renshu”, 1933 also see “Three Doka and the Aiki O-Kami“ The first known book published by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (“Moritaka Ueshiba” at the time of publishing) was the 1933 training manual “Budo Renshu”  (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“). This manual was initially given to his students as a kind of a teaching license. … Continue reading Kenji Tomiki: Judo Taiso – a method of training Aiki no Jutsu through Judo principles »

Aikido Maki-no-Ichi – O-Sensei’s First Book on Aikido

The cover of “Aikido Maki-no-Ichi” (1954) and the first page of the technical explanations This page is identical to the first page of “Budo Renshu” (1933) The 1933 training manual “Budo Renshu”  (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“) was initially given to the students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba as a kind of a teaching license. It was hand illustrated by Takako … Continue reading Aikido Maki-no-Ichi – O-Sensei’s First Book on Aikido »

Three Doka and the Aiki O-Kami

“The Secret Teachings of Budo (Poems)” – From “Budo Renshu” – 1933 The 1933 training manual “Budo Renshu”  (published in English under the name “Budo Training in Aikido“) was initially given to the students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba as a kind of a teaching license. It was filled with illustrations depicting techniques (such as the one above) taught at the Kobukan Dojo which were drawn by … Continue reading Three Doka and the Aiki O-Kami »

Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – Speaking of The Founder

Hiroshi Tada Sensei in 2014 Aikikai 9th Dan Hiroshi Tada (多田宏) is one of the most influential instructors to come out of the post-war Tokyo Hombu dojo. Born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan December 13th 1929, he began training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo on March 4th 1950. Tada Sensei has appeared on the Aikido Sangenkai blog, both in “Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada: The Day I Entered Ueshiba … Continue reading Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada – Speaking of The Founder »

Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba

Eiichi Kuroiwa (黒岩 暎一) teaching Aikido at the Rikuryo Aikikai (六稜合氣会) One of the articles that I have enjoyed reading the most was “Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories” (Part 1 | Part 2). Of course, the recollections of training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in 1942 were fascinating, but much of what I appreciated about it was that it presented the perspective of an ordinary person encountering the Founder. … Continue reading Aikido and Me – Training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4

Yukiyoshi Sagawa and Kimura Tatsuo on the cover of Aiki News 117 – the Yukiyoshi Sagawa memorial issue I also applied techniques to Mr. Pranin when he was collecting materials for a memorial issue on Sagawa Shihan for Aiki News 117. His impression at the time was, “When I tested the small, stubborn 50-year-old Kimura Sensei, I was completely controlled by him. I attempted to … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 4 »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 3

Tatsuo Kimura and Seigo Yamaguchi in Karuizawa, 1968 “That was how I entered the University of Tokyo and became a formal student of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei beginning Aikido practice at Ikenoue located next to the Komaba-Todai-mae train station. During that time, I was often with Yamaguchi Sensei all day. He would many times say that his dream was to find some method to deal with … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 3 »

The Ueshiba Legacy – Part 1, by Mark Murray

Kisshomaru Ueshiba – Morihei Ueshiba – Koichi Tohei What does all of this mean? It means that the common view of the spread of aikido following the war taking place under the direct tutelage of the Founder is fundamentally in error. Tohei and the present Doshu (*Kisshomaru Ueshiba) deserve the lion’s share of the credit, not the Founder. It means further that O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba … Continue reading The Ueshiba Legacy – Part 1, by Mark Murray »

Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 2

Tatsuo Kimura Sensei Instructing “Sagawa Sensei entered the world of Aiki when he was 17 years old. However, his younger brother Hiroshi Sagawa, said, ‘My brother could throw anyone when he was 17 years old, but it was after he became 50 that he reached Takeda Sensei’s level where the hands of his opponent no longer let go.’…..Mr. Hiroshi Sagawa, Sensei’s brother, also told me … Continue reading Interview with Hiroshi Sagawa and 10th Gen Shihan Tatsuo Kimura – Part 2 »

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