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Jiai Aikido -- 2007 Aikido Bridge Friendship Seminar
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Description: Experience the teaching of world class aikido instructors in one DVD!

Coming together in friendship, aikido teachers and students from different organizations gathered in beautiful San Diego, CA, for the inaugural Aikido Bridge "Un Pont" Seminar, January 13-19, 2007. Digitally recorded and professionally edited, the resulting DVD lets you in on the energy and action of this international event.

Lead Instructors:

* Christian Tissier shihan, Cercle Tissier, Paris, France
* Frank Doran shihan, Aikido West, Redwood City, CA
* Hiroshi Ikeda shihan, Boulder Aikikai, Boulder, CO

Special Guest Instructor:

* Morihiko Murashige shihan, San Diego, CA

Local Guest Instructors:

* Frank McGouirk sensei, Aikido Ai
* Haruo Matsuoka sensei, Aikido Doshinokai
* Dang Thong Phong sensei, Tenshinkai Aikido Federation
* Lia Suzuki sensei, Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara
* Francis Takahashi shihan, Temple City Aikido

Highlights

* 25 minute segments devoted to highlights of each of the four shihan's classes
* 5-10 minute segments for each of the local guest sensei
* Varied camera angles, expert editing, visual and audio clarity
* Instructional quality

Become a participant, as you as you watch these remarkable teachers demonstrate techniques and make themselves available to students on the mat.
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George S. Ledyard


Registered: June 2000
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 2629
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great Value, Excellent Content
Cons: small production glitches

I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and expect to watch it again, and again. While I wasn't previously familiar with Murashige Sensei, the segments for each of the other guest Senseis (Ikeda, Doarn, and Tissier Senseies) seemed to be spot on as representative of that Sensei's Aikido. If you want to get a very nice overview of widely differing approaches to the art, get this video. I was really sorry that I hadn't been at the Bridge Seminar in person after I watched the video. Maybe next year.

I loved the segments from the local area guest instructors:
Frank McGouirk Sensei, Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, Dang Thong Phong Sensei, Lia Suzuki Sensei, and Francis Takahashi Shihan. Once again a range of approach which shows Aikido as an "alive" art which is still growing and evolving.

I would have loved more... next time perhaps a 2 DVD set?

It was the first year for the seminar and there was clearly a bit of working out the technical glitches. It was quite apparent that they had started shooting on the first day with a disadvantageous camera angle because it changed part way through each teacher's segment. The higher angle was far better.

The wireless mic kicked out in a few places and I would have liked better sound mixing with louder voice and less ambient (when I listen with my head phones the mat slapping is annoyingly loud when I turn up the volume enough to hear the Sensei's commentary).

But these small technical concerns are far outweighed by the content, which is excellent, and the cost, which is below market, in my opinion.

In short I would highly recommend this DVD for your collection.

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George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
Aikido Eastside
AikidoDvds.Com
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