Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido – Takemusu Aiki

“Takemusu Aiki” is a collection of five Morihei Ueshiba films taken between 1952-1958 in Iwama, Osaka and Tokyo. The content of these clips is among the best remaining of the Aikido Founder

Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido – “Divine Techniques”

“Divine Techniques” is a collection of eight short films presenting Morihei Ueshiba's art in the final years of his life. This video covers the period from 1962 to 1969, year of his passing, and includes O'Sensei's last public demonstration

Gozo Shioda: Timing!

by GOZO SHIODA - What is it that is important for atemi then? It is timing. Even if you go and watch a boxing match, for example, you will often see someone get knocked out by a very casual looking punch. This is an example of judging the opponent's changing movements and punching with absolutely perfect timing

Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido – Rendez-Vous with Adventure (1958)

Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido - Rendez-Vous with Adventure is a TV documentary realised in the US in 1958. The main characters are Lee and Herman, part of an American tv crew touring Tokyo. The two extraordinarily take a 1-week intensive Aikido program at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo under the direct supervision of the Founder Ueshiba, Dojo-cho Kisshomaru and Koichi Tohei

Suck It Up or Go Home – Interview with Simon Gray

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Suck It Up or Go Home is an amazing book on Aikido and the meaning of endurance. Here's our great chat with the author, Simon Gray, about the famous/infamous Senshusei course held by the Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu in Tokyo

Morihei Ueshiba – Asahi Shimbun Video (1935)

di STANLEY PRANIN - Di tutti i documenti sopravvissuti dell'era prebellica, forse il più importante è il film del 1935 su Morihei girato presso la compagnia Asahi News di Osaka, quando Morihei Ueshiba era nel pieno del suo vigore fisico. A sentire molti, questo è "Molto probabilmente il video di Aikido più spettacolare di tutti i tempi!"

Bruce Lee e il Ping-Pong: Vero o Falso?

di SIMONE CHIERCHINI - Un lavoro d'arte e di ottimo livello, ma non reale: chi non ci è cascato, almeno una volta? Chi non si è emozionato nel vedere una delle immortali icone del nostro immaginario marziale riuscire a fare cose che mostrano un'abilità sovrumana di cui siamo orgogliosi, perché in qualche misura ne siamo parte?

Persepolis Aikido Photoshoot

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - I love the idea of bringing Aikido where one can see, breath and feel history. I have done it before, when I took a photoshoot in front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. Recently I had the good luck to visit one of the fabled places of my youth, spent studying the old Greek-Roman world: Persepolis, the noblest capital of the Persian Empire, nowadays in the Islamic Republic of Iran