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This work, Takemusu Aikido: Background & Basics, is the first of Morihiro Saito’s final series of Aikido technical manuals. Saito Sensei, 9th dan and one of Aikido’s leading experts, presents more than sixty variations of ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo, and yonkyo techniques, the most essential of the art’s basic forms. Illustrated with over 600 photographs and accompanied by detailed step-by-step explanations, Background & Basics provides an indispensable guide for both beginning and advanced practitioners.
This volume, titled Takemusu Aikido: More Basics, is the second of the comprehensive technical series authored by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, presenting the aikido of Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. This manual covers in exhaustive detail 76 techniques from the following series of basics: shihonage, kotegaeshi, and iriminage. Volume 2 is presented in bilingual format (Japanese-English) and provides clear, step-by-step explanations of each technique featuring over 700 illustrations.
Takemusu Aikido: Basics Concluded is the third volume of this comprehensive series presenting the aikido of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Volume 3 covers the following series of techniques: koshinage, tenchinage, kaitennage, morotedori kokyuho, suwariwaza kokyuho, and jujinage. This work is profusely illustrated with more than 500 photos and includes detailed, step-by-step explanations of each technique. Bilingual, Japanese and English.
Takemusu Aikido, Volume 4: Kokyunage is the fourth volume of a comprehensive technical series covering the aikido of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba, as taught in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture following World War II. This manual presents some 80 variations of kokyunage, among the most important techniques in the aikido curriculum. Bilingual, Japanese and English.
This volume entitled Takemusu Aikido: Bukidori & Ninindori is the fifth of the comprehensive series by Morihiro Saito presenting the aikido techniques of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Volume 5 covers the following series of techniques: tachidori, jodori, jonage, tankendori and ninindori. This work is profusely illustrated with more than 450 photos and includes detailed, step-by-step explanations and commentary on each technique.
This special edition of the Takemusu Aikido technical series presents an historical overview of the Founder’s aikido techniques from the time of the mid-1930s through the Iwama period following World War II. It is based on technical material contained in the manual entitled Budo published in 1938 by Morihei Ueshiba supplemented by detailed commentary by Morihiro Saito Shihan. The technical material in this volume includes preparatory exercises, basic techniques, knife (tantodori), and sword-taking techniques (tachidori), sword vs. sword forms (ken tai ken), mock-bayonet (juken) techniques, and finishing exercises (shumatsu dosa).