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akiy
03-21-2014, 03:18 PM
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Here's a video of Morihiro Saito (9th dan) demonstrating 13 tachi dori (sword takeaways) in 1992 in Jesi Italy (uke: Alessandro Tittarelli).

What are your thoughts on the video?

-- Jun

Andrew S
03-21-2014, 03:44 PM
My thoughts? I'm book-marking this one as a reference.

j0nharris
03-21-2014, 03:55 PM
I always loved the opportunity to train with Saito Shihan!

hughrbeyer
03-22-2014, 10:15 AM
Did anyone see him do these in person? I'm wondering if the close range is an artifact of fitting the movement to the video frame, or if he always did them so close.

Eric Winters
03-22-2014, 11:41 AM
Hi Hugh,

The distance in which we did tachi dori was the distance between our front hand stretched to the tip of the sword. Pat Hendricks Sensei did it this way and Saito Sensei would show the same maai at his seminars.

Best,

Eric

ChrisHein
03-23-2014, 11:48 AM
These are great. This is the first time I'm seeing a few of these, great stuff! I think it is very important for Aikido students to understand this material and our link to the past. If you can't understand where Aikido came from, how can you understand what it is becoming? Great video, thanks!