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4 Aikido Geniuses: Ueshiba, Tohei, Saito, Yamaguchi ($119.80)

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This Special Offer is an excellent opportunity for you to become well acquainted with four of the Aikido’s major figures, gifted teachers who are largely responsible for the way the art is practiced in modern times. This package includes: Aikido’s Founder Morihei, a man with no peer; Koichi Tohei, the person who introduced Aikido to the USA; Morihiro Saito, whose curriculum including both body and weapons techniques, has a worldwide following; and Seigo Yamaguchi, known for his martial, yet elegant style, who is highly regarded everywhere.

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

Seigo Yamaguchi: A Seminar in Paris

We proudly announce the release of the first publicly available DVD featuring famous Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructor, Seigo Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Having now become nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.

Yamaguchi Sensei’s aikido had a unique flavor that was appealing to thousands of aikidoka who came into contact with him during his long teaching career. His style was characterized by a powerful, spontaneous technique adapted freely to rapidly changing circumstances. His movements ranging from soft to explosive must be seen to be appreciated. The present video represents a rare look at Yamaguchi Sensei in his prime during a seminar held in Paris, France in 1987. Now aikido practitioners everywhere will have an opportunity to experience his instruction and superlative technique for the first time ever!

This invaluable program is available with complete subtitles in English and French for greater accessibility to an international audience.

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Morihei Ueshiba: Way of Harmony

The fourth installment in a six-part series on the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. This exciting DVD showcases rare films of the Founder taken between the years of 1958 and 1962. In addition, a never-before-heard audio interview of O-Sensei is presented in its entirety for the first time. Here is a full list of the contents of this wonderful new DVD of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba:

Aikikai Hombu, 1958

Highlights of a class and demonstration given at the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo. The Founder demonstrates a variety of seated and standing techniques in this clip. (3:07)

TV Documentary, 1958

This film was shot contemporaneously with the American tv documentary “Rendez-vous with Adventure” by an amateur cameraman. A number of scenes from the Founder’s remarkable demonstration edited out of the televised program are preserved in this exciting footage. (2:08)

Aikikai Hombu, 1959

The footage contained in this film preserves some of the finest action scenes ever of the Founder. His superb skills are displayed in numerous seated, standing, ken and jo techniques. Features beautiful slow-motions sequences. (9:18)

Aikikai Hombu, 1960

A rare film with outstanding action featuring Kazuo Chiba as the Founder’s partner. Many dynamic sequences of free-style and weapons techniques are captured in this film. (4:14)

Honolulu, Hawaii, 1961

This film was shot on the occasion of the Grand Opening of the Honolulu Aikikai in February 1961. This was the Founder’s only trip to the United States. This footage contains crystal-clear shots of the founder’s misogi jo kata and swordwork as well as scenes from the dojo festivities. Koichi Tohei and Nobuyoshi Tamura also appear. (8:07)

Aikikai Hombu, 1962

This footage shot in 1962 by an American couple for a tv documentary that was never completed and lay in storage for 23 years. It was shot in beautiful 16mm film and is some of the highest-quality footage of the Founder known to exist. The Founder is shown teaching a class at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo with American Terry Dobson serving as his training partner. (3:03)

Bonus Feature

O-Sensei radio interview. This DVD contains a fascinating interview of the Founder conducted about 1962 during which he is questioned about aikido. As was his custom, many of the Founder’s comments reflect his spiritual views and mention Japanese kami. This recording affords a rare chance to gain an intimate glimpse of the Founder’s warmth and personality. English subtitles provided. A series of beautiful close-up photos of the Founder serve as the backdrop for the interview. (12:30)

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

Koichi Tohei - "Aikido with Ki"

Breakthrough DVD featuring Aikido’s first 10th dan in his prime!

Koichi Tohei is one of the most important figures in the postwar development of aikido. He played a pivotal role in spreading the art in Japan and the USA from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s. Tohei traveled abroad on numerous occasions during his active years conducting seminars and demonstrations. He is also a prolific author, having published many works in Japanese and English. His publications had a strong influence both technically and philosophically on early aikido practitioners.


  • Documentary: a presentation tracing the early life and aikido background of Koichi Tohei through his years as Chief Instructor of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, through his establishment of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido in 1974. Many historical photos capture the highlights of Tohei Sensei’s stellar career and explain why his efforts and accomplishments have left such an indelible imprint on modern aikido.
  • Warmups and preparatory exercises: this section presents the elaborate warmups and exercise system developed by Tohei Sensei as a prelude to training in aikido techniques. They emphasize stability, relaxation, and the proper use of ki.
  • Techniques: a presentation of the technical curriculum taught by Tohei Sensei during the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s, during his tenure at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Tohei Sensei demonstrates most of his “50 Arts of Aikido” from a 1967 film.
  • Seminar: nearly 40 minutes of rare film footage of a 1974 seminar conducted by Tohei Sensei in San Francisco. Scores of techniques from his curriculum are clearly demonstrated. This historical film has been digitally remastered for the highest possible image quality.
  • Demonstrations: bonus footage of four demonstrations by Tohei Sensei: 1952 demonstration outdoors, also featuring Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Tadashi Abe; 1967 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration; 1968 Special Demonstration at Hombu Dojo; 1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration.

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