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