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Old 03-15-2006, 03:56 PM   #76
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I have to put a vote in for Ken Williams Sensei, the first person to be taught aikido in the UK 1955 by Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and still going strong. Big hearted, powerful, dynamic aikido, and a great teacher.
But to see film of O Sensei is unsurpassed.

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Old 03-23-2006, 08:14 AM   #77
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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Old 03-24-2006, 05:01 AM   #78
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I've seen some pretty awesome people in the 7 months I've been doing Aikido, like: Robert (Bob) Saad Sensei, Claude Berthiaume Sensei, Louise Jalbert Sensei, other cool people like: Tai Sensei, Richard Sensei, Terry Sensei, Scott Roberts too... And Peter Zorzella...haha...(he's Special in a good way (his Aikido Could be described as beautiful )) etc.
So these guys -and girl- (especially the big cheeses), are really really good. Like... good, but a whole lot more than that. Like really really good. heh... but, all this goodness being said I haven't really watched them a whole lot. So as awesome as they are, I really have no idea what they're really capable of.
And then there's Gary Roberts Sensei. My Sensei. The person who (in the world of Aikido) has brought me up from basicly nothing. He, is truly amazing. And the better I get in my Aikido, the more I realize how amazing he really is. Not that I am in a position to jugde a person's Aikido, but to me, my Sensei's Aikido is the best I've seen. Not to mention the fact that he's most likely one of the nicest people you could ever meet...............heh even though he's old......hee hee
...He has taught me so much and for that I am grateful.
ps. I have also seen a few clips of O Sensei. That was so cool.

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Old 03-24-2006, 07:36 AM   #79
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Wagner Bull Sensei...my sensei. I am his fan number 1.
Kato Sensei...explosive, amazing!!
Yamada Sensei.. beautiful, large forms..
Osawa Sensei...precise, amazing kamae, how to use hamni..
Sakanashi Sensei...ugh!!..the mat could be softer....lol
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Old 03-24-2006, 12:56 PM   #80
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Ki Symbol Re: best aikido you have seen

1.O'Sensei
2.Saito Sensei ( Mind blowing Dojo)
3.Take Sensei

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Old 05-14-2006, 05:08 PM   #81
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Re: best aikido you have seen

To date, the best Aikido I've ever seen is by Takeda Yoshinobu Shihan of AKI. The way he floats around with his uke is amazing. As they go flying he somehow keeps his hara connected. My first sensei used to say that when we watch someone demonstrate a technique that we only pick up what is appropriate to our own level. From my level to Takeda Shihan's level, the only thing I could pick up was "WOW!"

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Old 05-15-2006, 03:33 AM   #82
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Re: best aikido you have seen

In flesh?
Ando sensei
Azarcon senseis
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:01 PM   #83
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Absolutely and without no doubt: CHRISTIAN TISSIER !!

and secondly, the nice guy that I see all the mornings reflected in the mirror
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:04 PM   #84
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The best Aikido I have ever seen has come not from persons who practice Aikido techniques but from individuals who have expressed the essence of Aikido through their Hearts intent. I see them all over.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:04 PM   #85
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Re: best aikido you have seen

[quote=Darin Hyde;100327]What is the best aikido you have seen?

My students, my friends and myself when we are practicing integrous Aikido. It is one of the best things I've ever seen in life, aikido or otherwise.

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Old 05-28-2007, 10:05 PM   #86
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Re: best aikido you have seen

M. Saito, H. Saito, Pat Hendricks (Aikido of San Leandro), and Hoa Newens (Aikido Institute Davis)

I am obviously an Iwama stylist.

Other Aikido stylists include: The current Doshu, C. Tissier,
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:53 AM   #87
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Nariyama of Shodokan.... real and explosive... to the point and no bullshit!!
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:05 AM   #88
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I haven´t been around enough, but in person (as individual "artists"): Seichiro Endo, Takeji Tomita.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:09 AM   #89
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I have to rely basically on videos and thus there might be many great Aikidoka that I haven't seen so far.

Not considering O Sensei, he should be out of contest for being the best, I would say without any doubts Shioda Gozo.
I have seen videos of many of the uchideshi of O Sensei and doubt anoyone can even get close to their level. I guess studying directly under the creator of Aikido gave them advantages that other Sensei will never be able to have.

Maybe as ASU student I should have said Saotome Sensei, but the truth is that when I watch Shioda Gozo Sensei I actually remain speechless.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:16 PM   #90
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Re: best aikido you have seen

That would be Shimamoto K. for me.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:29 PM   #91
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Easy...

My Teacher Mike Fowler...Shoji Nishio Shihan and Tanaka Sensei...Kenji Yoshida... Pat Hendricks...Bob Nadeau...and on and on...

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Old 05-29-2007, 05:34 PM   #92
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Seagal Sensei (in real life, not movies)

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Old 05-29-2007, 05:55 PM   #93
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Hiroshi Kato sensei
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:04 PM   #94
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Re: best aikido you have seen

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After a couple of years he still has trouble with many of the basics.
Damn. Sounds like me.
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:03 PM   #95
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Teacher's who have impressed me are:

1) Shioda Kancho (Yoshinkan)

2) Dr Lee Ah Loy (Shodokan)

3) T. Nariyama (Shodokan)

4) Robert Mustard (Yoshinkan)

5) K. Mifune (Kodokan)

6) My Sensei who's atemi maketh me a true believer.

Boon.

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Old 05-30-2007, 06:41 AM   #96
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I don't know the person's name in the below video, but this is the best I've seen. No nonsense, to the point. I'm more of an advocate for the school of thought from the Aikibudo methodology.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gKSx3ZeZ5Bg
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:41 AM   #97
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Re: best aikido you have seen

I 've read nearly all "famous" senseis
but only one mentioned Takeji Tomita sensei
hasn't anyone seen him?

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Old 06-01-2007, 07:24 PM   #98
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Quote:
Salim Shaw wrote: View Post
I don't know the person's name in the below video, but this is the best I've seen. No nonsense, to the point. I'm more of an advocate for the school of thought from the Aikibudo methodology.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gKSx3ZeZ5Bg
Yes, I like this too.

Thanks for pointing this out.

dmv

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Old 03-29-2010, 01:36 PM   #99
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Re: best aikido you have seen

Best aikido I have felt.

Nomura Kazuo, formerly chief instructor of the Osaka Aikikai is a very impressive master.

He is not yet well known outside the Kansai area, but he started visiting and teaching western dojos regularly since 2005. His aikido will eventually become more popular in the years to come.

He will visit Europe again in June 2010.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:04 PM   #100
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The latest person I had the privilege to train with.
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