"Budo" book plus DVD ($34.95)
We would like to announce the launch of a special set consisting of a book (Takemusu Aikido Special Edition) and DVD (Budo) by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, that presents in great detail the famous 1938 technical manual titled Budo of O-Sensei. By purchasing the book and DVD on Budo together, you will realize a savings of 20% off the retail price of these companion items purchased separately.
Saito Sensei does a masterful job of demonstrating and explaining all of the techniques of Budo in his book and DVD that together comprise this Special Set. There are several reasons why the manual Budo is of great importance to aikido history. It is the only source of organized technical sequences demonstrated by Morihei Ueshiba replete with explanations. Another large collection of technical photos of Ueshiba taken at the dojo of the Kodansha Founder Seiji Noma also survives, but these photographs dating from 1935 have never been ordered or classified.
Moreover, Budo provides clear testimony to the eclectic nature of Ueshiba’s technical system that included not only hundreds of empty-handed arts, but also numerous weapon-based techniques. Ueshiba’s fascination and experimentation with weapons training lasted most of his martial career. His training with the sword and staff, in particular, heavily influenced his understanding of the martial principles of body movement (taisabaki), entering (irimi), combative distance (maai), and timing.
Although Budo was published in 1938 during the middle phase of the development of aikido, it is surprisingly modern in the sense that the Founder had already distanced himself from the more rigid jujutsu techniques of the Daito-ryu school in favor of the flowing, circular movements which would come to characterize modern aikido as we know it today.
In this remarkable program, Morihiro Saito Sensei reads and demonstrates the fifty techniques of Budo, from the rare training manual of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei published originally in 1938. All of the techniques of Budo are presented and include taijutsu, aiki ken and jo, spear and bayonet exercises. The Founder’s art at this point in time is closely related to the Takemusu Aiki period of Iwama immediately following World War II. This presentation is intended as the companion to Takemusu Aikido Special Edition which covers the techniques of Budo in great depth in book form. These are the authentic techniques of aikido created by its Founder as demonstrated by one of his foremost students. Complete English voiceover of Japanese explanations by Stanley Pranin.
Special Bonus Program: Also included in this DVD is a 65-minute lecture by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin titled “Remembering Morihiro Saito.” This presentation was given in Denver, Colorado in February 2003. Rare film clips and numerous historical photos—most never before published—have been incorporated into this fascinating program. Pranin, a close collaborator of Morihiro Saito, provides unique, intimate glimpses into the personal side of this great aikido master.
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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).
Takemusu Aikido Special Edition also features a fascinating essay by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin on the history and background of the publication of Morihei Ueshiba’s prewar manual Budo containing newly-discovered findings!
Morihiro Saito, is a 9th degree black belt and author of the highly acclaimed technical series, Traditional Aikido. Saito Sensei enrolled as a student of aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in 1946. One of the art’s foremost technicians, he was the acknowledged authority on aikido weapons training. Saito Sensei operated Ueshiba’s private dojo in Iwama, Japan and served as guardian of the Aiki Shrine for over 30 years. He traveled extensively throughout the world teaching his comprehensive aikido methods during his long teaching career.
Editor’s Note • Introduction to Budo • Commentary on Budo
Kamae • Katatedori iriminage • Tai no henka (henko) • Katatedori kokyunage • Shumatsu dosa • Hiriki no yosei (Morotedori kokyuho) • Se no undo • Aiki no tanren (kokyunage) • Yokomen no tanren • Tsuki iriminage
Shomenuchi ikkyo omotewaza • Shomenuchi ikkyo urawaza ki no nagare • Shomenuchi kokyunage ki no nagare • Shomenuchi kotegaeshi ki no nagare • Shomenuchi nikyo urawaza • Shomenuchi sankyo urawaza
Yokomenuchi iriminage • Yokomenuchi shihonage • Yokomenuchi gokyo urawaza • Yokomenuchi nikyo urawaza • Yokomenuchi yonkyo omotewaza
Ryotedori shihonage omotewaza • Ryotedori shihonage urawaza • Ryotedori tenchinage ki no nagare
Ushiro eridori kokyunage (When Pulled) • Ushiro eridori katamewaza (When Pulled) • Ushiro eridori kokyunage (When Pushed) • Ushiro eridori kokyunage • Ushiro ryotedori kokyunage
Tachidori kotegaeshi • Ken shomenuchi • kokyunage • Tachidori kokyunage • Migi no henka • Hidari no henka • Yokomen Do Sayu no henka • Ken tai ken kote • Ken tai ken men 130 • Ken tai ken tsuki
Tanken tsuki kokyunage • Tankendori kotegaeshi • Tankendori gokyo urawaza
Juken • Yari
Juken tsuki kokyunage • Jukendori kokyunage • Juken tsuki rokkyo • Juken tsuki kokyunage • Juken tai juken • Yaridori kokyunage
Suwariwaza kokyuho 1 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 2 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 3 • Suwariwaza kokyuho 4
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