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Old 02-23-2008, 06:10 AM   #4
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 283
Hong Kong
Re: Saito Sensei's weapons

Well... I took aikilove's advice and received the books today.They are very comprehensive and quite descriptive too. Thanks!

The Aikijo volume is much thicker than the Aikiken volume... I guess this goes to show the jo is a more complex weapon than the ken

While writing this post, two thoughts struck me:
1) Does the Yoshinkan have weapons training (besides empty hand against weapons)? I've seen a few photos showing high-ranking Sensei demonstrating waza as sword movements... but these have been far and few between
2) Although Saito Sensei has done a beautiful job integrating weapons into Aikido practice... I know other Sensei such as Kobayashi Sensei, Chiba Sensei, Saotome Sensei and Homma Sensei have strong weapons background... Would anyone know the key differences in their styles?
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