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Old 05-05-2005, 02:36 AM   #26
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Best aikidoka I've seen - me.
I'm always truly amazed that I can walk across the mat without falling over.
Everytime I look in the mirror, I feel humbled in my own presence - how could some one like me, have the arrogance to try and teach such a wonderful art as aikido.

All this came about (no, not in a cold sweat) after seeing Patricia Hendricks Sensei at a local (New Zealand) seminar.
She really is good, isn't she. Hell, I'd just like to be able to fold her hakama for her.

Worst still, she has been training for about the same length of time as me.

THATS, how I feel about aikido.
Imagine when you realise that there are others out there like Hendricks Sensei - that allows you to see an even bigger picture of aikido, and your place within it.

Her and others like her (ie - those that you all have mention) is why I feel humbled. Why I feel amazed.
There is so much to learn, even after three decades.

All due to a single man - O sensei.
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Old 05-05-2005, 03:08 AM   #27
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Re: best aikido you have seen

For me it would be Hiroshi Ikeda sensei without doubt. Also alongside Ikeda sensei I would have to add Tom Moss, my own Aikido teacher. Christian Tissier is very good, I uke'd for him a few times a few years back in the Rockies as he was wondering round the groups.

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Old 05-05-2005, 05:08 AM   #28
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I would second Saito Sensei. His power and grace are awesome. It can be frustrating because he is effortless in his movements and I feel like I'm tripping over myself sometimes.

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Old 05-05-2005, 05:34 AM   #29
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Sugano Shihan gets my vote... his Aikido is always fascinating to watch, he is a fountain of knowledge, and he has this amazing ability to magically appear at your side when you don't get your feet right
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Old 05-05-2005, 07:48 AM   #30
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Hey Darin,

First, thanks for the offer to come and say hello at your dojo

The best Aikido I have seen would have to be O' Sensei, then again I really haven't seen that much. I have seen Joe Thambu Sensei, Thambu Sensei is really the only person that I have seen put Aikido into real life situations. I have seen Shioda Sensei as well but would have to go with O' Sensei I have seen some footage of O' Sensei when he was in his 50's and it was more of a harder style than that when he was older. If anybody has any suggestions on were I could obtain video footage of Aikido in general I would be very appreciative. Thanks

P.S Darin what nights do you train? I was going to come and say hello.

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Old 05-05-2005, 07:58 AM   #31
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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If anybody has any suggestions on were I could obtain video footage of Aikido in general I would be very appreciative. Thanks
You could start here

http://www.aikidojournal.com/catalog...php?category=7

There are more here

http://www.aikido-world.com/highlights/bv/videos.htm

More here

http://www.aikidoonline.com

And more here

http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...cat=276&page=1


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Old 05-06-2005, 09:34 AM   #32
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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I would second Saito Sensei. His power and grace are awesome. It can be frustrating because he is effortless in his movements and I feel like I'm tripping over myself sometimes.
I am tripping over myself :wink:

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Old 05-07-2005, 12:16 PM   #33
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Hey Darin,

. If anybody has any suggestions on were I could obtain video footage of Aikido in general I would be very appreciative. Thanks
On the dojo website, we plan to post a blooper page, but that's probably not what you want...Other than that, Those ones a little up the page actually look good (I checked 'em)

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Old 05-08-2005, 09:05 PM   #34
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I had the privilege of seeing Ueshiba Doshu yesterday at a joint practice/demonstration in Kamakura. He is by far the most powerful and graceful I have ever seen. A truly pivotal experience.
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:08 AM   #35
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In my small world of hands-on experience, I'd say Chuck Clark sensei and Gaku Homma sensei.

For more time spent with someone, I'd say my first teacher, Steve Duncan sensei.

Mark
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Old 05-09-2005, 08:59 AM   #36
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Tamura Sensei for ispiration and a glimpse at the unattainable.
I also have to cast my vote to Tamura Sensei.

The most inspiring aikido i've seen.

What i loved the most though was just how happy he looked when he was teaching. It didn't just seem like a face he put on for a seminar. He was really into what he was doing and loving it. My goal for my senior years is to be as up and active as he is when I get to be his age.

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Old 05-09-2005, 09:29 AM   #37
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Hey Darin,

First, thanks for the offer to come and say hello at your dojo

The best Aikido I have seen would have to be O' Sensei, then again I really haven't seen that much. I have seen Joe Thambu Sensei, Thambu Sensei is really the only person that I have seen put Aikido into real life situations. I have seen Shioda Sensei as well but would have to go with O' Sensei I have seen some footage of O' Sensei when he was in his 50's and it was more of a harder style than that when he was older. If anybody has any suggestions on were I could obtain video footage of Aikido in general I would be very appreciative. Thanks

P.S Darin what nights do you train? I was going to come and say hello.
Hey Ben,

Hope your enjoying your trainnig under Ross.

I have only seen Ueshiba, Shioda and Thambu on video. Another good aikidoist is Nakamura or Nakayama from Tomiki style. Mitchi Mochizuki is also very good. He doesn't really do traditional aikido but will use the basic movements to then go into a jujitsu hip throw or sweep.

I train on Monday and Wednesday nights 7:30pm to 9pm at the PCYC in Scarborough. http://www.geocities.com/yoseikanaikido/


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Old 05-09-2005, 10:40 AM   #38
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Darin,
You mean Thambu sensei has a video out? Where can i get it?

Personally I haven't seen him but some of my friends have when he came last to Malaysia. I know he's coming again sometime soon for a seminar, but since I'm with aikikai, i probably won't be able to go. Gee so much for peace and harmony rite?

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Old 05-09-2005, 07:13 PM   #39
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Darin,
You mean Thambu sensei has a video out? Where can i get it?

Personally I haven't seen him but some of my friends have when he came last to Malaysia. I know he's coming again sometime soon for a seminar, but since I'm with aikikai, i probably won't be able to go. Gee so much for peace and harmony rite?
Hey Ahmad, check out the Marketplace forum here.
Thambu Sensei has 3 new DVDs out.

Cheers,
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:21 PM   #40
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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Another good aikidoist is Nakamura or Nakayama from Tomiki style.
Do you have more information about these two. Where they train. I know a Nakamura from Shodokan Honbu but I don't think this is who you mean.

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Old 05-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #41
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Re: best aikido you have seen

In the flesh? I'd have to say TK Chiba and second up Shibata. Of course I'll admit I haven't had the chance to see/train with too many other Sensei. Home is home I guess. Juba Nore (sp?) is another of my favorites.

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Old 05-12-2005, 03:25 PM   #42
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Joe Thambu Sensei is awesome, it has to be said. Obata Sensei, Chida Sensei and Saito Sensei are defintitely in my top 5 also, along with the obligatory Shioda Sensei.
Though it has to be said I performed the best Aikido EVER only the other day.
Then I woke up face down in my corn flakes.

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Old 05-12-2005, 06:24 PM   #43
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Joe Thambu Sensei is awesome, it has to be said. Obata Sensei, Chida Sensei and Saito Sensei are defintitely in my top 5 also, along with the obligatory Shioda Sensei.
Though it has to be said I performed the best Aikido EVER only the other day.
Then I woke up face down in my corn flakes.

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Old 10-11-2005, 12:57 PM   #44
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This weekend i atend a seminare. feauturing Sensei Tissier himself. Its the first time i've actually seen him in person and its definetly the BEST performance i've ever seen or felt (yes, he showed me personaly 2 or 3 times). simply amazing. I wish to be able to see tamura sensei someday. For now i cant wait till next year for the visit of doshu Moriteru Ueshiba to Argentina (i'm From Chile) I'm most certanly going across the border seeking his teachings, even if it is only for a few days.

So sorry for my english writing... =(
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Old 10-11-2005, 02:31 PM   #45
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In person?

Tamura is always number 1 on my list. It isn't just aikido that he does, it's pure magic. I've heard very high level sensei state that they are just now starting to understand what he's doing. I on the other hand, have no idea, but it's cool as hell....

After him, I would say Osawa, Chiba, and Shibata. Very beautiful, intense, accurate, and powerful stuff.....

I'll always have a soft spot for Kanai, and Yamada.

And the reason I still live in Philly is because of Donovan.

Joe
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:19 PM   #46
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I wonder how many people think that somehow they themselves are second best?
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:40 PM   #47
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Just from video, Yamada sensei
in person and amazing to watch, Ikeda sensei
best instructor and human being(in my experience) Nomura sensei
Outside of Osaka, probably no one has heard of him though.
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:41 PM   #48
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I have trained with several 6th dans and above, but none have impressed me more than these.
The best I have:
Taken ukemi from: Patrick Cassidy Sensei, Larry Reynosa Sensei, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei.

Seen in person, but no ukemi: Morihiro Saito Sensei

Only seen on video: Steven Seagal (old dojo footage not movies)

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Old 10-11-2005, 05:56 PM   #49
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best instructor and human being(in my experience) Nomura sensei Outside of Osaka, probably no one has heard of him though.
Hey I've heard of him. Damm hard to move and very hospitable when I visited his dojo - spent a lot of time with me. In Osaka the best Aikikai guy (with respect to Aikido performance) in my opinion is Kimura sensei. In fact his Aikido is some of the best I've seen. I liked Chiba very much the one time I trained with him and of course I am still shocked and awed by my own teacher.

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Old 10-11-2005, 06:04 PM   #50
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I have seen many Aikido teachers - the best for me was Terry Ezra (UK) becuase he would really try to show you how to do what he could do (not that I could). Others just show you what they can do.

Other greats I have seen were Master Sken of Muay Thai, Mr. So of Bagua (Tokyo), Dan Innosanto (Escrima), and two or three amazing Silat teachers - incredible men. One of the most fascinating martial arts I have seen - several times - is Indian Kalari (takes you back to the past - lineage means nothing as it comes right up to the present; it shows that youngsters can be real masters of a battlefield art).

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