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Morihiro Saito: The Lost Seminars DVDs, Parts 1 - 7 ($97.95)

This 7-DVD set captures the contents of many of the seminars conducted by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, during his foreign travels in the period of 1985-1994. A study of these excellent materials will provide aficionados of Iwama Aikido an in-depth glimpse of the teaching methodology of this great instructor, one of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s closest disciples. These DVDs include more than 14 hours of seminar footage and literally hundreds of techniques. Each DVD contains complete English subtitles allowing viewers to closely follow Saito Sensei’s instruction.

Below is a list of the numerous techniques covered in the 7-DVD “Lost Seminars” set. A working knowledge of the Iwama Aikido curriculum will improve your skills in basics through more advanced techniques. There is no better aikido technical reference source available today!

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 1

This DVD contains rare footage of two seminars conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei in 1985-86 in Italy that sat in storage for nearly two decades. Now fully restored using digital technology, these seminars of Saito Sensei at his peak are now available to the public. This is an outstanding opportunity to see and learn from Saito Sensei in his prime. Several sessions are presented with Saito Sensei explaining and demonstrating scores of aikido and weapons techniques in his own inimitable manner. The program also includes an introduction and closing comments by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin who accompanied Saito Sensei during these seminars.

Contents include:

Seminars in Turin, Italy — February 3-5, 1985 / Osimo, Italy - February 8-10, 1985

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho plus variations ▪ Shomenuchi ikkyo omote ▪ Shomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ Shomenuchi nikyo ▪ Katatedori shomenuchi ▪ Happogiri ▪ Kumitachi ▪ Ki musubi no tachi ▪ Shomenuchi iriminage ▪ Koshinage introduction ▪ Jo awase ▪ 20 jo suburi ▪ Public demo (jiyu waza, jodori, kumijo)

Seminar in Osimo, Italy — June 1986

20 jo suburi ▪ 31 jo kata ▪ 31 jo kumijo ▪ Koshinage (numerous variations from multiple attacks) ▪ Kokyunage (numerous variations from mulitple attacks)

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Paolo Corallini Sensei of Italy.

Japanese / Italian with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 2

This DVD features an outstanding seminar given by Morihiro Saito Sensei in Italy in May 1985. Saito Sensei was 58 years old at the time and in fine form. This particular event was the third of many seminars he would give over the years in Italy. The program also includes an introduction and closing comments by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin who accompanied Saito Sensei during these seminars as his interpreter. This high-quality, professionally shot event has now been fully restored and is presented for the first time.

“Lost Seminars, Part 2” contains some very important footage that will be of great interest to enthusiasts of aikido technique. For example, one section features a detailed presentation of a whole series of sankyo techniques—some very unusual—that Saito Sensei would teach only rarely. In addition, there are several excellent sequences of techniques from morotedori, shomenuchi, and yokomenuchi attacks. The last part of the program is devoted to the Aiki Ken and Jo with emphasis on the first kumitachi and the 31 jo kata.

Contents include:

Seminar in Osimo, Italy - May 25-26, 1985

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho ▪ Morotedori sankyo ▪ Suwariwaza kokyuho ▪ Morotedori ikkyo ▪ Morotedori nikyo ▪ Shomenuchi ikkyo ▪ Yokomen tanren ▪ Yokomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ Yokomenuchi iriminage and variations ▪ Yokomenuchi sankyo and henka ▪ Aiki Ken - ichi no suburi ▪ Ni no suburi ▪ San no suburi ▪ Kumitachi - ichi no tachi ▪ Ichi no tachi oyowaza ▪ 31 jo kata

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Paolo Corallini Sensei of Italy.

Japanese / Italian with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 3

This is the third part of a DVD series presenting never-before-seen footage of Morihiro Saito Sensei as he appeared in 1988 while teaching a seminar in San Diego, California. Saito Sensei visited Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego on several occasions starting from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. This material has been in storage for over 20 years and has been digitally remastered for optimum viewing quality.

This program offers a real technical bonanza for students of Iwama Aikido. Saito Sensei systematically covers a lengthy series of ushirowaza, or rear techniques, in his inimitable teaching manner full of detailed explanation spiced with a touch of humor. The ushirowaza are certainly among the most beautiful and elaborate of aikido techniques handed down by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. As you watch the techniques being explained, you will surely marvel at the sheer breadth and precision of Saito Sensei’s teaching methods.

Contents include:

Seminar in San Diego, California - February 27-28, 1988

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho ▪ Ushiro ryotedori kokyunage ▪ Ushiro kubishime katatedori kokyunage ▪ Morotedori kokyunage ▪ Ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi ▪ Ushiro ryotedori irimiinage ▪ Ushiro kubishime katatedori kokyunage ▪ Ushiro ryotedori sankyo ▪ Ushiro ryotedori jujinage ▪ Ushiro kubishime katatedori jujinage ▪ Suwariwaza kokyuho

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Bernice Tom Sensei of Sunset Cliffs Aikido, San Diego, California.

Japanese with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 4

This is the fourth volume of a DVD series presenting important historical footage of Morihiro Saito from his active years conducting seminars in Japan and abroad. The footage you will see in this program is from a weekend seminar Saito Sensei taught in 1989 at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego, California.

This DVD includes many techniques from ryotedori, shomenuchi, and morotedori attacks. Saito Sensei also gives a detailed presentation of nikyo techniques and seldom-taught releases from a variety of ushiro holds. With the release of each DVD of the “Lost Seminars” series, the body of technical information on Saito Sensei’s teaching methodology grows to the benefit of practitioners everywhere.

Contents include:

Seminar in San Diego, California - September 9-11, 1989

Tai no henko ▪ Morotedori kokyuho ▪ Ushiro ryotedori releases ▪ Nikyo variations including: munadori nikyo ▪ Katatedori nikyo ▪ Morotedori nikyo ▪ Ushirotori kokyunage ▪ Shomenuchi ikkyo ▪ ushirodori releases ▪ Ryotedori ikkyo ▪ Ryotedori shihonage omote ▪ Happogiri ▪ Ryotedori shihonage ▪ Ryotedori tenchinage ▪ Ryotedori kokyunage ▪ Ryotedori iriminage, etc.

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Bernice Tom Sensei of Sunset Cliffs Aikido, San Diego, California.

Japanese with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 5

This is the fifth volume of a DVD series presenting important historical footage of Morihiro Saito from his active years conducting seminars in Japan and abroad. The footage you will see in this program is from a weekend seminar Saito Sensei taught in 1991 at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego, California.

The material covered in this program includes the complete series of morotedori kokyuho exercises, numerous ushiro ryotedori and eridori techniques, and—a special treat—the rarely seen ninindori series, advanced techniques against two opponents. Without doubt, this program makes a significant contribution to the steadily growing catalog of techniques of Saito Sensei available on DVD.

Contents include:

Seminar in San Diego, California - September 14-15, 1991

Tai no henko ▪ tai no henko ki no nagare ▪ morotedori kokyuho ▪ ninindori kihon ▪ ninindori - chest grab from behind ▪ ninindori - when pulled ▪ ninindori - when pulled backward ▪ ushiro ryotedori kokyuho ▪ ushiro ryotedori kokyunage ▪ ushiro ryotedori kokyunage oyowaza ▪ ushiro eridori ikkyo omote ▪ ushiro eridori kokyunage ▪ ushiro eridori iriminage ▪ ushiro eridori iriminage ki no nagare ▪ ushiro eridori shihonage ▪ ushiro eridori kotegaeshi ▪ ushiroeri katatedori iriminage ▪ Ken tai Jo demo.

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Bernice Tom Sensei of Sunset Cliffs Aikido, San Diego, California.

Japanese with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 6

This program is the sixth part of a DVD series presenting important historical footage of Morihiro Saito from his active years conducting seminars in Japan and abroad. The scenes you will see in this compilation are from a weekend seminar Saito Sensei conducted in 1992 at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego, California.

The material covered in this program includes the complete series of koshinage techniques with some 30 variations, plus numerous munadori, katatedori, shomenuchi, yokomenuchi and ushiro techniques presented in Saito Sensei’s inimitable teaching style. This DVD will prove an essential part of the educational material of anyone interested in mastering the fine points of Iwama Aikido.

Contents include:

Seminar in San Diego, California - September 18-20, 1992

Tai no henko ▪ morotedori kokyuho ▪ katatedori kokyunage ▪ katatedori shihonage ▪ munadori kokyunage ▪ munadori koshinage ▪ munadori kotegaeshi ▪ katatedori kotegaeshi ▪ katatedori koshinage ▪ katatedori kotegaeshi ▪ morotedori kokyunage ▪ morotedori koshinage ▪ ryokatadori kokyunage ▪ ryokatadori koshinage ▪ ryotedori kokyunage ▪ ryotedori koshinage ▪ shomenuchi iriminage ▪ shomenuchi koshinage ▪ shomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ ushiro katatedori kokyunage ▪ ushiro katatedori kubishime koshinage ▪ ushiro ryotedori kokyunage ▪ ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi ▪ yokomenuchi iriminage ▪ yokomenuchi kotegaeshi.

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Bernice Tom Sensei of Sunset Cliffs Aikido, San Diego, California.

Japanese with English subtitles

Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 7

This program is the seventh part of a DVD series presenting important historical footage of Morihiro Saito from his active years conducting seminars in Japan and abroad. The scenes you will see in this compilation are from a weekend seminar Saito Sensei taught in 1994 at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego, California.

The instruction in this DVD covers in great detail iriminage, kotegaeshi, and koshinage techniques from numerous different attacks including both basic and ki no nagare variations. Saito Sensei reveals the depth of Iwama Aikido in his own inimitable teaching style delivering an essential instalment of still more of the vast technical curriculum bequeathed by the Founder of Aikido.

Contents include:

Seminar in San Diego, California - September 23-25, 1994

Katadori iriminage ▪ katadori koshinage ▪ katadori kotegaeshi ▪ katatedori iriminage ▪ katatedori kokyunage ▪ katatedori koshinage ▪ kosadori kotegaeshi ▪ morotedori iriminage ▪ morotedori koshinage ▪ munadori koshinage ▪ ryokatadori kokyunage ▪ ryokatadori koshinage ▪ ryotedori kokyunage ▪ munetsuki koshinage ▪ ryotedori koshinage ▪ shomenuchi iriminage ▪ shomenuchi koshinage ▪ shomenuchi kotegaeshi ▪ sodedori kokyunage ▪ tsuki iriminage ▪ tsuki kotegaeshi ▪ ushiro eridori iriminage ▪ ushiro katatedori kubishime koshinage ▪ ushiro ryotedori koshinage ▪ ushiro ryotedori kotegaeshi ▪ yokomenuchi iriminage ▪ yokomenuchi koshinage ▪ yokomenuchi kotegaeshi.

All footage used in this production was graciously provided by Bernice Tom Sensei of Sunset Cliffs Aikido, San Diego, California.

Japanese with English subtitles

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