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AikiWeb System 03-29-2006 10:28 PM

"Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
Posted 2006-03-29 21:21:22 by Gene Kim
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In the modern practice of Aikido, the study of the sword has slowly started to disappear from training. In this new DVD, William Gleason Sensei (6th dan) demonstrates why the recognition of underlying sword movements is essential to the understanding of many Aikido techniques.

See how the movements in traditional swordwork and those in Aikido barehanded techniques are essentially one and the same, and why the true benefit comes from experiencing the proper handling of the sword itself. Available at

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Fred Little 03-30-2006 10:37 AM

Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
Is it just me, or is that link not yet functional?

Ron Tisdale 03-30-2006 10:42 AM

Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
The second link takes you to the promotional for the dvd. First is file not found (don't you just love the numbers 404?).


Fred Little 03-30-2006 10:46 AM

Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
ah....the first time, the second link took me to the main page, but it seems to be working now.

Joey, could you get the webmaster? We've got a 404 on aisle one....

Thanks Ron!

George S. Ledyard 04-07-2006 09:01 PM

Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
This video is REALLY excellent. The sword work is way above what usually passes for sword work in Aikido circles. This is very good stuff but folks looking at this video who don't already have some firm foundation in weapons work will miss many of subtleties contained here.

This will be a video you revisit over and over as your technique gets better and your understanding changes through time.I've worked through it once, just to get the overview. Now it's time to get out the trusty bokken and work through it piece by piece and see if I understand what I thought I was looking at.

Having recently bought an Aikido sword video that didn't deliver the goods, I can honestly say that this one has material for years of practice. This isn't another basics DVD, this one has real meat that will reuire some effort to digest.

tabascoisgood2 04-11-2006 09:16 PM

Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason
Ledyard Sensei, thank you VERY much for your feedback. I will pass the kind words you have written to Gleason Sensei.

I have heard some great things about your DVD set, and plan on ordering it soon as well. I look forward to learning from it.



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