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11-12-2012, 07:24 AM
First time I see this video.

In discussions of the evolution of Morihei Ueshiba's art, the Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo may be considered the "missing link" to an understanding of the Founder's "Takemusu Aiki." The latter term refers to Morihei's aikido during his intensive period of study in Iwama during the war and the years immediately following. Many consider this the actual birth of modern aikido and the epitome of Morihei's art. Mainstream aikido knows little of this period, and only some schools of aikido regard the practice of the ken and jo as important.
This video is a rare film treasure that was shot in Iwama in front of the Aiki Shrine in 1979. Morihiro Saito Sensei is in spectacular form as he demonstrates Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo suburi and kata exercises. His movements are incredibly precise and powerful as Saito Sensei personifies the spirit and concentration that should enliven practice of the ken and jo. Saito Sensei's uke in this film are Bernice Tom and Ryuji Inagaki, younger brother of Shigemi Inagaki, present head of the Iwama Dojo.
Contents: Ken suburi / Ken awase / Kumitachi / Happogiri, Jo suburi / 31-jo kata / 13-jo kata / 31-jo awase / Kumijo


11-12-2012, 08:45 AM

11-12-2012, 09:12 AM

Seven ken suburi 00:25 - 01:40
Migi Awase 01:40 - 01:59
Hidari Awase 01:59 - 02:13
Go no Awase 02:13 - 02:18
Shichi no Awase 02:18 - 02:27
1st Kumitachi 02:27 - 02:38
2nd Kumitachi 02:38 - 02:46
3rd Kumitachi 02:46 - 02:51
4th Kumitachi 02:51 - 02:58
5th Kumitachi 02:58 - 03:07
Ki Musubi no Tachi 03:07 - 03:19
Happo Giri 03:19 - 03:35
20 Jo Suburi 03:35 - 05:22
31 Jo Kata 05:22 - 05:53
13 Jo Kata 05:53 - 06:11
31 Jo Kata Awase in parts 06:11 - 07:36
31 Jo Kata Awase 07:36 - 08:09
13 Jo Kata Awase 08:09 - 08:29
Kumijo 08:29 - 09:31

Rob Watson
11-12-2012, 01:17 PM
Still holding out on the ken tai jo ...

11-12-2012, 02:31 PM
Still holding out on the ken tai jo ...

Had Saito sensei developed/formalized the ken tai jo as early as 1979?

Rob Watson
11-12-2012, 06:03 PM
Had Saito sensei developed/formalized the ken tai jo as early as 1979?

No. I'm just a whiner.



Ethan Weisgard
11-18-2012, 12:00 PM
Saito Sensei was teaching Ken tai Jo back in the 1970s. They are the original forms, and can be found in the Traditional Aikido book series, volume 2. There were 10 forms. They are fascinating to train. There is very little contact weapon against weapon. You can also see how some of the forms were used in the newer Kumi Jo forms.

Sensei later on made the new versions of the Ken tai Jo, based on the three parrying forms: Choku Barai, Kaeshi Barai and Kaiten Barai. I believe these were made around early to mid 1980s.

It is great that these old videos are making their way out to the public - thanks to many of the people who were in Iwama during these very special years for sharing their personal recordings, and also thanks to Stanley Pranin for being the man who people use as the medium to bring this important footage out there.
In aiki,
Ethan Weisgard

Tom Verhoeven
11-18-2012, 02:40 PM
Very nice videos. It is always inspiring to see Saito sensei do his weapon techniques.