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Friendship Demonstration Collector's Editon DVD Set ($89.95)

Aikido Journal is now offering a “Collector’s Edition of videos of the Aikido Friendship Demonstrations,” historic events that took place in 1985, 1986, and 1987 in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 6 videos are included in the package. The following experts and martial arts appear: Saito, Shioda, Mochizuki, Nishio, Kondo, Kobayashi, Saotome, Sunadomari, Kuroiwa, Shimizu, Sugino, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, Katori Shinto-ryu, Kashima Shinto-ryu, Yagyu Shingan-ryu.

1st Friendship Demonstration, Part 1

Part one of a two-tape set featuring lecture demonstrations by Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, Kanshu Sunadomari, Yoshio Kuroiwa.

The 1st Friendship Demonstration is one of the most famous aikido demonstrations ever held and features lecture demonstrations by the following top-level shihan: Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, Kanshu Sunadomari, Yoshio Kuroiwa, Shoji Nishio and Morihiro Saito.

The Friendship Demonstration which took place in 1985 introduced a new concept where teachers of different backgrounds and affiliations shared their accumulated expertise before a large, appreciative audience. The skill level of the participants in this demonstration is extremely high and their detailed explanations provide an abundance of information that will stimulate your training and understanding of the art. A full English voiceover of the Japanese commentary is included so as to make these tapes accesible to an international audience of aikidoka.

Part one includes the demonstrations of Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, Kanshu Sunadomari, and Yoshio Kuroiwa

Bonus video clips!

Yasuo Kobayashi at 1989 demonstration: This clip contains Kobayashi Sensei’s fine performance at the huge demonstration held in Tokyo in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Kobayashi Dojos.

Mitsugi Saotome at 1989 demonstration: Saotome Sensei and a group of his top instructors from the USA perform in this exciting video clip that features both taijutsu and weapons techniques. This video was also taken at the 20th Anniversary Demonstration of Kobayashi Dojos.

1st Friendship Demonstration, Part 2

Part two of a two-tape set featuring lecture demonstrations by Shoji Nishio and Morihiro Saito and the 1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration.

The 1st Friendship Demonstration is one of the most famous aikido demonstrations ever held and features lecture demonstrations by the following top-level shihan: Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, Kanshu Sunadomari, Yoshio Kuroiwa, Shoji Nishio and Morihiro Saito.

The Friendship Demonstration which took place in 1985 introduced a new concept where teachers of different backgrounds and affiliations shared their accumulated expertise before a large, appreciative audience. The skill level of the participants in this demonstration is extremely high and their detailed explanations provide an abundance of information that will stimulate your training and understanding of the art. A full English voiceover of the Japanese commentary is included so as to make these tapes accesible to an international audience of aikidoka.

Part two includes the demonstrations of Shoji Nishio and Morihiro Saito.

Bonus Film: 1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration

In addition, part two includes a special film feature at the conclusion of the Friendship Demonstration. We have located and remasterd an old 8mm film of the 1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration taken 30 years ago. Here is the lineup of famous names appearing in the film: Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Shoji Nishio, Hiroshi Tada, Kisaburo Osawa, Sadateru Arikawa, Mitsugi Saotome, Seigo Yamaguchi, and Koichi Tohei. This is a rare opportunity to see many aikido greats—some already departed—in their primes.

Two bonus films of Morihiro Saito: the first film is a compilation of scenes taken by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin of Morihiro Saito in the summer of 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. In this never-before-seen film, you will experience first-hand the great teaching skills of Saito Sensei at his peak. It is not well-known, but Saito Sensei taught at the Hombu Dojo for nearly ten years.

The second film captures the performance of Saito Sensei at the 1978 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. His demonstration consisted entirely of iriminage techniques. Saito Sensei’s performance here showcases the power and precision of Iwama Aikido.

2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration, Part 1

The first DVD is a digital mastering of one of the most exciting aikido demonstrations ever held. Part one contains lecture demonstrations by Morihiro Saito, Kenji Shimizu, and Yoshio Sugino from the 2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration held in Tokyo in 1986. Each informative and inspiring demonstration covers the most important aspects of each teacher’s interpretation of their art. The entire program features a complete English voiceover of the Japanese commentary. These performances will provide you with many valuable insights to accelerate your progress in aikido training.

2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration, Part 2

The second DVD of a digital mastering of one of the most exciting aikido demonstrations ever held. Part two contains lecture demonstrations by Gozo Shioda and Minoru Mochizuki from the 2nd Aikido Friendship Demonstration held in Tokyo in 1986. Each informative and inspiring demonstration covers the most important aspects of each teacher’s interpretation of their art. The entire program features a complete English voiceover of the Japanese commentary. These performances will provide you with many valuable insights to accelerate your progress in aikido training.

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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