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Mihaly Dobroka
10-20-2014, 10:05 PM
Here are two never before seen footages of Shirata Rinjiro Sensei and Saito Morihiro Sensei.
These films was taken in 1983 at the 20th Anniversary Demonstration of the Hirosaki University Aikido Club where Shirata Sensei demonstrated the Misogi no Ken and throwing techniques and Saito Sensei performed the basic pinning techniques accurately from various attacks.

Shirata Sensei's Demonstration:

Saito Sensei's Demonstration:

What are your thoughts on these videos?


10-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Noted how much Shirata Sensei's kamae and body posture looks so much like how we do it in the Yoshinkan. Makes sense to me being as he is Shioda Sensei's senpai. More proof that Shioda didn't just make it up like some suggest.

Saito Sensei too displays this from time to time. Not as prominent. But definitely there.

10-21-2014, 04:01 PM
Saito Sensei at his most didactic and precise.

10-22-2014, 01:55 PM
What a great surprise! I live both of these Sensei! Thank you for sharing!!

Ethan Weisgard
10-24-2014, 05:39 AM
Beautiful demo by Saito Sensei. Notice what he chose to show in his demo: clear basics - with a didactic approach, so the viewers could see the composite parts of each technique. He was teaching! Also notice the characteristic prioritizing of showing the kihon forms of the techniques - so the viewers can see what is going on in the technique. And notice the flowing form he does of the morote dori - just a few times. His ki no nagare forms have fluidity and stability - he makes a point by showing that the flowing forms are there in the legacy, but emphasis is put on the kihon forms. If you have good basics then the flowing forms will be both fluid and effective. He is also using two of the local Sensei from the Iwama Dojo: Kubota Sensei and Owada Sensei. They aren't seen that often as uke in the footage of Saito Sensei, but they have been in the dojo forever - loyally keeping the dojo running. They are still very active today. Respect.