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Old 10-25-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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YouTube: Shigeho Tanaka (9th dan)



Born in 1928, Tanaka trained in kendo as a child then studied aikido with Morihei and Kisshomaru Ueshiba as well as Kashima Shinryu under Zenya Kunii. He was also one of the early postwar students of Gozo Shioda at the Yoshinkan aikido dojo in the 1950's. He formed the Tokyo University aikido club in 1954 and also served as shihan at Chuo University, Senshu University, University of Toyama, and others. He received his 8th dan in 1973 and 9th dan in 1993 and now serves as the honorary director at the Shiseikan at the Meiji Jingu shrine.

This video clip is reportedly from a TV documentary.

What are your thoughts on this video?

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Old 10-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Re: YouTube: Shigeho Tanaka (9th dan)

Well, I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jun.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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Re: YouTube: Shigeho Tanaka (9th dan)

I saw this film nearly 30 years ago - I don't know how he got hold of it, but Kanetsuka Sensei brought it over to show my father and me, as he liked Tanaka Sensei's aikido very much. I think he knew Tanaka at the Yoshinkan in the early 1950s.

I enjoyed it too - very dynamic and direct, but good contact. Lots of echoes of Gozo Shioda, too.

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Old 10-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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Re: YouTube: Shigeho Tanaka (9th dan)

Very impressive. Wonderful strong posture and zanshin, with dynamic flow and fine timing.
Very strong and dynamic aikido. Very martial and at the same time fluid continuous form.
Thanks for sharing this clip, Jun.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:50 AM   #5
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I'm impressed. I had never heard of this guy, but I like what I see.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:23 AM   #6
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I saw this film nearly 30 years ago - I don't know how he got hold of it, but Kanetsuka Sensei brought it over to show my father and me, as he liked Tanaka Sensei's aikido very much. I think he knew Tanaka at the Yoshinkan in the early 1950s.
Whoops - I shouldn't post too late at night. I meant "late 1950s", of course...

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Old 10-28-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Never heard of this Shihan. I really liked his aikido demo, strong without being abusive, very nice imo. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #8
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Tanaka sensei still has regular classes at the Shiseikan during the week - inspiring to see his energy and commitment. Met him briefly in mid-October and he is in good form.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:29 PM   #9
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Dear All,
`must confess I am not a big fan of Yoshinkan Aikido.Seems to me the Yoshinkan guys are robotic and look like brick outhouses. Tanaka Sensei is a bit more fluid , economical in his movements, good lines.Ok by me. Cheers, Joe.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:27 AM   #10
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Must confess I am not a big fan of Yoshinkan Aikido.
It's not my preferred style of training either, although I appreciate that its fairly formal structure suits various people, and it can produce some excellent results! Anyway, that's probably a subject for an alternative thread.

One can see the Yoshinkan influences in Tanaka sensei but he's been his own man for a very long time. Very well connected on a personal level within the Aikikai. He has also been designated Mokuhai (Living National Treasure) by the Japanese government for Budo - I'd be interested to know who else in the Aikido world has been so honoured.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:17 AM   #11
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I like his extension. His hands arrive early...I prefer hands later.

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:01 PM   #12
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It's not my preferred style of training either, although I appreciate that its fairly formal structure suits various people, and it can produce some excellent results! Anyway, that's probably a subject for an alternative thread.

One can see the Yoshinkan influences in Tanaka sensei but he's been his own man for a very long time. Very well connected on a personal level within the Aikikai. He has also been designated Mokuhai (Living National Treasure) by the Japanese government for Budo - I'd be interested to know who else in the Aikido world has been so honoured.
Dear robert,
Living Treasure? I cannot speak for the Japanese Govt. but I hope my grandkids consider me if not a living treasure at least a half dead one.lol, cheers, joe.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:36 PM   #13
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Living Treasure? I cannot speak for the Japanese Govt. but I hope my grandkids consider me if not a living treasure at least a half dead one.lol, cheers, joe.
All countries have their equivalent "Sir Joe"

Or, from my reading of the "Game of Thrones" books (George RR Martin), "Ser Joe"...
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:21 PM   #14
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Is Joe a sir? If not, why not? Someone should write to the Queen...

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