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Old 03-29-2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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"Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason

Posted 2006-03-29 21:21:22 by Gene Kim
News URL: http://www.shobu.org/DVD.php

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 www.shobu.org.

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Old 03-30-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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Re: "Aikido and Japanese Sword" DVD by William Gleason

Is it just me, or is that link not yet functional?
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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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?).


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Old 03-30-2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 04-07-2006, 09:01 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 04-11-2006, 09:16 PM   #6
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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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