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Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:23am [ Post a Review


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Author: Shawn Cumpston E-Mail: Send E-mail to Shawn Cumpston Date: 2002-04-01 Yamada Sensei's video REALLY helped me learn the basic arts required for my test. I was so impressed with Vol 1 that I bought Volume 2 (which I also recommend). Every art is shown in detail and in slow motion. In my opinion these tapes are a must have for every new student of Aikido. Of all the Aikido tapes I have purchased (and I have stacks of great tapes) these have helped me the most by providing a strong foundation.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido: The Power and the Basics, Volume 1" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:23am [ Post a Review
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Author: Sharon Seymour E-Mail: Send E-mail to Sharon Seymour Date: 2002-04-25 An excellent exploration of the "other half" of ukemi. After a brief review of the falling techniques from Volume I, Waite Sensei discusses Contact, Connection, Relaxation, Sincerity & Safety as components of uke's attack & blend. There are plenty of demonstrations of each concept, clearly filmed. The Safety section shows how, working within this model of ukemi, his soft rolls can be used in situations that would generally elicit a hard fall. Suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido Ukemi 2" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:22am [ Post a Review
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Author: Les Steveson E-Mail: Send E-mail to Les Steveson Date: 2002-12-28 I have been studying Aikido and have heard alot about Waite Sensei, so I was very eager to watch the video. I found that the quality of the video was excellent as well as the presentation. Waite Sensie explained all techniques in a methodical manner and used good examples on how to incorporate the rolls with and without an uke. He is very easy to follow and some of the kaitens (rolls) were awesome. While watching the video, Waite Sensie is very conciese of lifting his hakima so you can see his legs and feet movements. This type of ukemi is different from my current practice but it offers alot. I was even trying to do the kaitens in my basement to see if they would be easy to apply and they were. This is a professionally completed video and should be in every Aikidoists library.I even purchased his second video as well.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido Ukemi 1" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:22am [ Post a Review
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Author: nono peña E-Mail: Send E-mail to nono peña Date: 2003-02-24 despues de ver el video, se puede decir claramente que seagal sensei tiene dos momentos en osaka y en EEUU en la primera etapa teniendo un estilo soberviamenta eficaz entronca con el aikido clasico para despues reducirlo muchisimo en aras de mayor efectividad como lo demuestran sus alumnos en los randori sin conseguirlo ya que al entrar en la lucha cuerpo a cuerpo solo demuestran un ejercicio de violencia exagerada aunque la tecnica que exibe seagal sensei es esquisita.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:22am [ Post a Review
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Author: Daniel Pieddae E-Mail: Send E-mail to Daniel Pieddae Date: 2002-07-17 Um primor, Steven Seagal é o melhor akidoca do mundo. O documentário é digno de seu trabalho, muito perfeito.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:22am [ Post a Review
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Author: Daniel Pieddae E-Mail: Send E-mail to Daniel Pieddae Date: 2002-07-17 Um primor, Steven Seagal é o melhor akidoca do mundo. O documentário é digno de seu trabalho, muito perfeito.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:21am [ Post a Review
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Author: Tom Hosmanek E-Mail: Send E-mail to Tom Hosmanek An exceptional video. While web-cruising I happened upon www.stevenseagal.com and saw an ad for this video. It said it was about aikido, but not much more. I ordered it, and read on the box that it would demonstrate Seagal Sensei's aikido and show some action footage at the end, which I assumed meant from movies of his, but was actually randori sequences. The video is professionally produced, but has an interesting quality which interlaces short interview "sound bites" with students, among some longer filmed dojo sequences of Seagal in Japan and New Mexico dojos which have a "home movie" quality to them (and probably were taken as home movies by students originally). Also, mixed in are current segments from Seagal Sensei seminars, many of them outdoors! The quality of the Aikido is absolutely outstanding. I own a lot of books and videos, but haven't seen anything like this. Lest this sound a bit too enthusiastic, be my guest and verify my comments for yourself. All I'd really seen of Seagal's aikido was in his movies. This should definitely put any criticism of him from any aikido quarters to rest for good, as what is on this video far surpasses the quality of Aikido that I've seen from any other demos, including the Aiki News All-Japan tapes, etc., or any instructional videos, and I've seen many of those, too. The technique, speed and timing are something to watch, and I often found myself rewinding to watch something over and over to see if it was really that fast, really that good, and it was. A good range of techniques is shown including kotegaeshi, kokyunage, iriminage, tanto-dori, jo-dori, and bokken moves. But what comes through is a real earnestness among the students to be very sincere (makoto) in their practice and execution of techniques. If your jaw doesn't drop at least several times during this video, it never will. This is some heavy-duty, real Aikido. The randori and testing sequences actually resemble group muggings - but that is the intent. This is one Aikido video that was actually well-worth the money.
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:21am [ Post a Review
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Author: Tracy Reasoner E-Mail: Send E-mail to Tracy Reasoner If you are looking for an instructional video this is not it and for that matter an overall average tape. I say this because I have acquired most all of the seminar footage via "the Aikido Black Market" so it was old stuff to me. In fact, at least I can hear his teaching on some of my copies. With that said someone who has never seen this material will surely enjoy it and would be worth purchasing. This video is Compilation of footage taken from his days in Japan at Tenshin Dojo in Osaka, early days in America and some from recent seminar in Santa Barbara. Other then the Introduction Mr. Seagal says nothing else. The rest is from his students talking about Seagal Sensei and the physical Aikido he teaches. There is some good footage of him adminstering tests. Actually, it reminded me of my early days in the Marines. Especially whe the DI was standing over you screaming that you are dead! The quality is very good and the interviews ok. The overall tape is a bit narcissistic. With the interviews talking about what its like to train with him how approachable he is, very few have passed their shodan the first time they have taken it etc. Many of us found Aikido through Seagal Sensei and admire the physical art that he does, very effective street style aikido. In my opinion very similar to the aikido taught by Koichi Tohei to the police officers when he visited Hawaii. (I say this only because of my experience with some of the senior Hawaiian teachers explaining techniques to me and my later observations at some classes at the old Tenshin dojo in LA. they looked and felt very similar) One could go on and on about the good and bad qualities, however, since its maybe 40 minutes in length it may be a bit overkill. I would not give it 2 thumbs up. Overall, I would rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. If you have the extra cash buy it you will watch probably five times and then it will begin to gather dust on your video shelf. Instead you may want to invest in some of Saotome's tapes they personally are the best aikido tapes on the market for explanation. The Aikido Journal tapes are also very good and would place far ahead of this one. Hope this helps. Tracy Reasoner
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:21am [ Post a Review
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Author: T. Rohr E-Mail: Send E-mail to T. Rohr For as much as the critics like to blast Steven Seagal for sub-par performances in sub-par movies, there can be no doubt about the man's abilities on the mat. "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought," however, is not an instructional tape, nor is it even the story of Steven Seagal's journey through aikido. What the video is most successful at is providing an introduction to aikido to the uninitiated, and specifically defending Seagal's aikido system against all fronts. The video is driven by Seagal's students, who discuss what it is like to train under Take Sensei, as they call him, while video of Seagal training at various times and in various arenas plays across the screen. Stress is given to the practicality versus dance qualities of the many styles of aikido, with the obvious focus put on Seagal's aikido as the most practical - according the students. The tape was broken down into sections such as "Steven Seagal's Aikido Philosophy", "Working with Beginners," and "Ukemi." There were even some scenes from the Shodan test of some of his students to enforce how demanding the training was that he required. The most enjoyable parts of the tape, however, were old footage of demonstrations Seagal Sensei and his students have put on, as well as the ending sequence of video featuring Seagal Sensei throwing technique after technique with no narration at all. These scenes provide great evidence of aikido in action and the subtleties of genius. Do not watch this tape with the expectation of the delivery of knowledge or insight of technique. Even when it was clear that Seagal Sensei was speaking to a student (in footage from a class or a seminar), either you were not meant to hear what he is saying, or the sound quality is so poor that you have to listen twice. What you do hear varies from instruction to beratement to philosophy, so the primary purpose of this tape is clearly not instructional. While there are nuances that aikidoka will catch, the far more beneficial reason for watching this tape is for motivation towards zanshin and shinken shobu. I would give this tape an 8 out of 10.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by AikiWeb System - posted: 10:21am [ Post a Review
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Author: John Bach E-Mail: Send E-mail to John Bach Over the weekend, I had a chance to view "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought", an hour-long video about Steven Seagal and his career in Aikido. Be advised, this video is an homage to Steven Seagal and his aikido, not about aikido itself, per se. I found it interesting because it does show a lot of footage of S.S. both in Japan and U.S., both demonstrating and teaching. There are many short interviews with a number of his students talking about his style and how he teaches. Take Sensei (S.S.) practices a "hard" aikido that is more combative than my experience, yet it was refreshing to see that side of aikido. There were a number of sequences that showed techniques against kicks, which I have not seen before and therefore were both informative and interesting. Also interesting were the clips showing randori in his dojo where the attacks invariably resulted in what looked like a grappling match; part of the "reality" of being attacked. Even though S.S. is marginal as an actor, he definitely is very accomplished as an aikidoka; very quick and severe. Most of the video clips are from someone's home video camera and S.S. never really addresses the camera. The production quality is good (the director is one of his long-time students) and the soundtrack is well suited to the action. Also be aware that S.S. is the executive producer. I came away with the impression that S.S. is a complex and sincere man but I'm still perplexed by the paradox of his movie career vs. his spiritual path.
Product Details: "Aikido: The Path Beyond Thought" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

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