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Two-year renewal + Two great DVDs: “Aikido Classics - Postwar Greats” and “Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido” free! ($68.75)

Special Offer! We are now including free copies of two great DVDs: “Aikido Classics - Postwar Greats” and “Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido” for those subscribing or renewing for two years!

In an effort to reach out to new readers, we are pleased to offer a special discount for those who take out a two-year subscription to the Online Aikido Journal at $54.75. For a limited time, you will receive at no additional charge free copies of two great DVDs: “Aikido Classics - Postwar Greats” and “Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido” , an outstanding archival DVD—a $79.90 value—featuring two outstanding DVDs feauturing Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. You will be amazed by the footage of O-Sensei and it will provide great inspiration in your personal training.

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Aikido Classics 1: Postwar Greats

This DVD is a collection of precious historical films featuring aikido’s most famous figures. These are the teachers most responsible for the broad success of aikido following World War II. Beginning with the unbelievable art of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, each of these teachers developed his own unique approach and technical style and inspired legions of enthusiasts. The footage contained in this wonderful DVD represents some of the highest levels of aikido yet seen.

See some of the action in the first and second promotional videos.

DVD Contents:

  • Morihei Ueshiba: Brief film clip of the Founder O-Sensei from c. 1954 displaying his incredibly dynamic technique. Appearing taking falls are Gozo Shioda, Koichi Tohei and Morihiro Saito. Technical mastery beyond description!

  • Morihei Ueshiba: Demonstration of O-Sensei at a Commemorative Demonstration of the Johoku Branch dojo in 1962. Also features Nobuyoshi Tamura, Seiichi Sugano, Mitsunari Kanai, and Terry Dobson.

  • Gozo Shioda: The founder of Yoshinkan Aikido gives an unforgettable demonstration for a film documentary shot in 1958. The top names of the early years of the Yoshinkan also appear including Kiyoyuki Terada, Shigeho Tanaka, Tadataka Matsuo, Kyoichi Inoue and Takashi Kushida. Full of fast-paced action!

  • Koichi Tohei: A class and demonstration by the then Chief Instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo for a team of American filmmakers in 1962. Tohei Sensei leads the class in “ki” exercises followed by an outstanding exhibition of free-style and randori techniques. He later went on to found his own style of aikido emphasizing his ki concepts. This is Koichi Tohei at his best!

  • Kisshomaru Ueshiba: The late Doshu’s technique is noted for its soft, circular movements, and numerous Aikikai shihan have been influenced by his approach. He is seen here conducting a class and also demonstrates graceful free-style and multiple-attack techniques. This 1962 film offers a rare inside look at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo of the early 1960s. Lots of memorable action!

  • Morihiro Saito: This is the famous NHK film documentary shot on location in Iwama in 1973. Saito Sensei was the Chief Instructor of the Iwama Dojo and Guardian of the Aiki Shrine from 1969 until his passing in 2002. The power and precision of the art of Saito Sensei is captured on film in vivid detail. His mastery of empty-handed and weapon techniques is legendary. The final action scene is classic!

Morihei Ueshiba: The Founder of Aikido

This DVD is the final installment of a six-part series on the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.

The first section is the uncut version of a Japanese tv documentary titled “Aikido” produced in 1961. This film focuses on the life and techniques of Morihei Ueshiba, and was shot on location in Iwama and Tokyo. It contains beautiful footage of the Founder in his daily life and during training. There are many marvelous action scenes, including an incredible display of empty-handed techniques, defenses against multiple attacks and a live sword!

Both the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito figure prominently as O-Sensei’s training partners. Watch for O-Sensei’s incredible ability to perceive his partner’s intent before the attack even starts! You’ll also hear the Founder’s actual voice in several scenes of him in prayer that highlight his great spirituality. This film will bring the figure of O-Sensei alive, and you are sure to be captivated by his energy and charisma! Complete English subtitles of the Japanese narration are provided.

Part two of this DVD presents a fascinating 15-minute radio interview with the Founder. Great care was taken in inserting over 200 subtitles to allow you to follow along with each and every word spoken by the Founder. You will appreciate the Founder’s humor, warmth and spiritual insight as he invites you into his world. In parts of the interview O-Sensei mentions the names of Japanese deities or “kami” and alludes to such ancient texts as the Kojiki. You will come to understand first-hand how O-Sensei expressed himself as you listen to this crystal clear recording of his voice.

All throughout the interview a series of rare photos of O-Sensei from the famous von Krenner collection taken around 1967 are displayed. This perfect combination of image and sound will give you a long, intimate glimpse of the geniality of the Founder.

Aikido Journal editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin also appears to introduce and explain the programs.

Watch video trailer below.

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