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Old 03-21-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

Here's a video of Morihiro Saito (9th dan) demonstrating 13 tachi dori (sword takeaways) in 1992 in Jesi Italy (uke: Alessandro Tittarelli).

What are your thoughts on the video?

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Old 03-21-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Re: YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

My thoughts? I'm book-marking this one as a reference.

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Old 03-21-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

I always loved the opportunity to train with Saito Shihan!

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Old 03-22-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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Re: YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

Did anyone see him do these in person? I'm wondering if the close range is an artifact of fitting the movement to the video frame, or if he always did them so close.

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Old 03-22-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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Re: YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

Hi Hugh,

The distance in which we did tachi dori was the distance between our front hand stretched to the tip of the sword. Pat Hendricks Sensei did it this way and Saito Sensei would show the same maai at his seminars.


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Old 03-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #6
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Re: YouTube: Morihiro Saito, 13 Tachi Dori

These are great. This is the first time I'm seeing a few of these, great stuff! I think it is very important for Aikido students to understand this material and our link to the past. If you can't understand where Aikido came from, how can you understand what it is becoming? Great video, thanks!

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