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Old 03-29-2010, 03:36 PM   #101
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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What is the best aikido you have seen?

The best I have seen is from Gozo Shioda and Joe Thambu. My teacher always says Kenji Tomiki. How about Seagal in Nico?
To select the best Aikidoka is a very subjective thing.A bit like compare a rose and a daffodil.Each has its own beauty.I have seen and practiced with many great Aikidoka.In no particular order I consider these Aikidoka as truly inspirational excluding O Sensei [I never met him] .I have met /know these masters.
Here is my Japanese list: Saito, Tamura, Chiba, Sekiya, Kitaura, Yamada, Kanai, Shibata, Akira Tohei, Shirata, Yokota, Yamaguchi , Yasuno ,Kenshiro Abbe Senseis.
Obviously the Second /Third Doshu are included in this group.
European /others:
Juba Nour, Nobu Iseri, George Girvan, Mick Holloway,
Norberto Chiesa, Pablo Vasquez, Lorraine Diane, Kristina Varjan,Mike Flynn Senseis.
There are many more I could include but for brevity I have just named aikidoka I felt a connection with.
Each of the above have/had wonderful quality aikido skills.
Ps Unfortunately I am not a fan of Seagal Sensei.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:43 PM   #102
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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The latest person I had the privilege to train with.
Sensei, you've got to get back on those memory herbs...
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #103
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Dojo: Allegheny Aikido, Pitsburgh PA
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I have not been around aikido too long but Ive seen some amazing aikido.

I have had the privilege to learn from, Mary Heiney Sensei, Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei, and most recently Charlie Page sensei, all amazing aikidoka. Each brings their own flavor and each has blown me away with not only what they have to teach us but their spirit and joy in the teaching.

I'm not really qualified to say which is best. To me each is wonderful and none is better than the other. But I have to tell you that my most favorite are Garth Jones sensei, Tara Meyers sensei and Matt Fisher Sensei. My own teachers. Who are there for, and inspire, me each and every class.

But then I have much to learn and a very long road ahead before I could begin to consider myself knowledgeable on the subject.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:17 PM   #104
Dojo: aikido academy/alhambra,california
Location: Los Angeles, California
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Re: best aikido you have seen

HI Clark, my marvelous brother In Aiki,

Yeah, I forgot. Thanks for the reminder.

Now where are the car keys?
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:49 PM   #105
Dojo: Aikido of Madison
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Talking Re: best aikido you have seen

I would have to say Saotome sensei, Ikeda sensei, Seagal sensei, and Saito sensei respectively. All fluid, smooth, fluid, effective, and dynamic.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:48 PM   #106
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
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Re: best aikido you have seen

first (i believed it was the first) aikiweb friendship seminar in NC with the three sensei: Chuck Clark, Ellis Amdur, and Dennis Hooker. they were like three great musicians playing improv with each others. jazz musicians of aikido. great concert. got front row seat and moved with the tune.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:53 PM   #107
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Dojo: aiki goshinjutsu kenkyu-kai / hokkaido Japan
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Takeda Shinobu Shihan of Aikido Kenkyukai International ( AKI )
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:16 PM   #108
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Dojo: Aikido School of Self Defense/Monticello NY
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Not sure what year exactly but I was honored to see at a single seminar, Shihan Y.Yamada, S.Sugano and Harvey Konigsberg at the Woodstock dojo. It was a truly magical experience considering the level of Instructors, the surroundings and the 200 or so other Aikidoka who shared that experience with me. A Perfect Storm of Aikido if you will. For a physically very large individual, I felt very small that weekend, in the best way possible.

"of all the things I've lost, I ,miss my mind the most..."-mushin-
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:40 PM   #109
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Just limiting to sensei I have trained with:

Dan Kawakami - my teacher, epitome of relaxed power.
Koichi Tohei - total efficiency
Christian Tissier - elegant and powerful

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Old 04-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #110
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Saito Sensei hands down period.
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