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3rd Friendship Demonstration ($49.95)

3rd Friendship Demonstration, Part 1

The 3rd Friendship Demonstration was held in Tokyo on September 6, 1987 and features four in-depth lecture demonstrations on martial arts studied by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba prior to the creation of aikido.

The first demonstration presents Kashima Shinto-ryu, a traditional Japanese martial art school with a 500-year history whose sword has a clearly demonstrable influence on the development of Morihei Ueshiba’s Aiki Ken. The Kashima Shinto-ryu is a composite system whose curriculum consists of the use of the bokken, yari, naginata, and other classical weapons. The demonstration is conducted by Headmaster Koshiro Yoshikawa and his students.

The second performance features a demonstration of Yagyu Shingan-ryu, a close relative of the Yagyu jujutsu school studied by Morihei Ueshiba around the period of 1904-1906 in Osaka. This Yagyu school features sophisticated jujutsu techniques, the use of multiple weapons and techniques executed fully clad in armor. The demonstration is performed by martial arts expert and historian Kenji Shimazu and his students.

The entire program includes an English voiceover of the Japanese commentary by Stanley Pranin.

3rd Friendship Demonstration, Part 2

The 3rd Friendship Demonstration was held in Tokyo on September 6, 1987 and features four in-depth lecture demonstrations on martial arts studied by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba prior to the creation of aikido.

Part two begins with an in-depth demonstration by Soke Kyoju Dairi Katsuyuki Kondo of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu. This extremely important jujutsu system was refined in the late 19th century and disseminated by the famous Sokaku Takeda, the main technical influence on Morihei Ueshiba. Kondo Sensei and his group demonstrates scores of Daito-ryu techniques that highlight the rich curriculum of this school.

The final demonstration is conducted by Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan, one of Morihei Ueshiba’s closest students, the Dojo-cho of the Ibaragi Dojo, and the guardian of the Aiki Shrine in Iwama. Saito Sensei’s aikido places equal emphasis on taijutsu and the Aiki Ken and Jo and is based on the techniques perfected by the Founder in the 1940s and 50s in Iwama known as “Takemusu Aiki.”

The entire program includes an English voiceover of the Japanese commentary by Stanley Pranin.

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