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Morihei Ueshiba: The Founder of Aikido ($29.95)

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  • Aikido Journal (2004)
  • 44 min., b&w
  • DVD-R, Documentary

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.

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