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Morihiro Saito's Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo DVD set ($39.95)

The Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo DVD set by Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, cover all of the basic Iwama weapons forms of the aikdo sword and staff curriculum as taught by Saito Sensei over a period of several decades.

Let’s take a closer look at the content of each of these DVDs:

AIKI KEN: the Aiki Ken DVD covers the 7 ken suburi, ki musubi no tachi, 5 kumitachi and henka no tachi.

AIKI JO: the Aiki Jo DVD includes the 31 jo kata, 20 jo suburi, 31 jo kumijo, 10 kumijo, and 13 jo awase.

Both discs offer you a choice of three languages to view the programs: Japanese, English, or French.

Who is Morihiro Saito?

Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) was one of the closest and most gifted of the thousands of students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He began his training in Iwama in 1946 and became of the most highly regarded aikido teachers of the postwar generation. Saito Sensei authored more than 10 technical books on aikido and conducted over 100 international seminars during his lengthy career. He was noted for his superb technical ability and exceptional teaching skills.

Aiki Ken on DVD

This is the first of a two-DVD set covering most of the Iwama Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo curriculum expertly demonstrated by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. These ken and jo forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. These DVDs present the most detailed instruction available on aikido weapons and clearly depict each sword and staff movement in an easily-understood manner.

New Multilingual Edition

Aiki Ken is now available in English, Japanese, and French!

The Aiki Ken DVD covers: 7 ken suburi, ki musubi no tachi, 5 kumitachi and henka no tachi. Complete English and French overdub of Japanese explanations.

In addition, two rare bonus films have been included on this DVD. The first item is a film documentary on Saito Sensei produced in 1974 by Dyanna Taylor on the occasion of his first overseas tour to California. He was 46 years old and in his prime. Saito Sensei made a lasting impression for his technical and teaching skills and was invited back many times.

The second bonus program presents in its entirety the sword demonstration of Saito Sensei from the 1989 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Exciting action!

Aiki Jo on DVD

This is the second of a two-disc set covering most of the Iwama Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo curriculum expertly demonstrated by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. These ken and jo forms were compiled and refined by Saito Sensei based on his weapons training directly under Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. These DVDs present the most detailed instruction available on aikido weapons and clearly depict each sword and staff movement in an easily-understood manner.

New Multilingual Edition

Aiki Jo is now available in English, Japanese, and French!

The Aiki Jo DVD includes: 31 jo kata, 20 jo suburi, 31 jo kumijo, 10 kumijo, and 13 jo awase. Complete English overdub of Japanese explanations.

This Aiki Jo DVD also features two bonus films. The first film is rare footage taken c. 1964 outdoors in Iwama. Saito Sensei is shown performing taijutsu basics, and ken and jo kata. Saito Sensei is a young 36 years old and this film represents some of the earliest surviving footage of this master.

The second film clip is Saito Sensei’s jo demonstration at the 1981 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. Saito Sensei appears in front of an audience of thousands and shows the 31 jo kata with awase movements and the kumijo.

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