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Abe Sensei

Abe Sensei Interview

Originally published on aikidojournal.com by Stanley Pranin Editor: Abe Sensei, I think it was during a period of misogi training, before the war, that you first met Ueshiba Sensei. Is that right? Abe Sensei: Yes, I met Ueshiba Sensei before the war. Before World War II, a professor of medicine at Tokyo University, Kenzo Futaki Sensei, […]

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Judo

Risei Kano

From the preface by then President of Kodokan Risei Kano to the book on Goshin Jutsu written by Kenji Tomiki. Kenji Tomiki is generally recognized as being heavily involved in creating this Kata.) Kano Shihan made every effort possible to complete Judo as a modern physical education, but could not yet systematize the self-defense aspect […]

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weapons

Confused Fight in the Darkness

Originally published on aikidojournal.com In the spring of 1875, Sokaku Takeda returned home for a visit from the fencing school of Kenkichi Sakakibara. This incident occurred while he was back in his hometown. At that time the decree abolishing the wearing of swords had entered effect and it was popular to carry one’s favorite sword inside […]

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Saito Sensei

Remembering Saito Sensei

Originally published on aikidojournal.com by Stanley Pranin I have on many occasions over the years written articles about my aikido teacher, Morihiro Saito, that have been published in Aiki News and Aikido Journal. During that entire period, however, I had the psychological assurance that this giant of a man was busy with his teaching and […]

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Saito Sensei

Saito Sensei Interview

Originally published on aikidojournal.com Editor: Saito Sensei, I understand you met O-Sensei shortly after the war. How was it that you decided to begin studying Aikido? Would you please describe your memories of that period? Saito Sensei: When I was a youngster I used to admire the great swordsmen just like everyone else. I would […]

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Morihei Ueshiba

Quotes from the founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba

Originally published on aikidojournal.com In front the enemy prepares to attack, but behind him, I am already standing Cut down the enemy within ones self True budo cannot be described by words or letters the gods will not allow you to make such explanations Techniques of the sword cannot be encompassed by words or letters. […]

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Pure Aikido

Too many Sensei.

I have always felt the phenomena of too many people trying to teach is a cancer on the martial arts. In class obviously beginners need assistance but this should quickly be supplanted by self reliance. Don’t rely on others to teach you. general class is not for private tuition. It is for training. As for […]

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Pure Aikido

Aikido Tabi-Ji

Exhibion flyer 1 Aikido Tabi-Ji PDF refducedAikido Tabi-ji is a series of images taken from my upcoming book. Please feel free to attend the opening or come and see it over the following week. Details below. Marcus Encel

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Pure Aikido

Aikido v other Martial arts

Aikido vs other martial arts. by Marcus Encel I am often asked by new students questions like who wins between Aikido and MMA, or how do I counter Karate techniques etc. I answer in this way: Aikido has no need to prove itself. Aikido works, well. In fact it is among the most effective martial […]

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Pure Aikido

Pure Aikido is accepting Soto Deshi

Applications are being taken for: Soto Deshi I am introducing the Pure Aikido Soto deshi program. Soto deshi is a deshi that lives outside the home of their Sensei. It along with Uchi deshi (live in student) is the method of transmitting traditional Japanese art. It is like becoming family. Duties are several and can […]