Aikido that fires the imagination:
“O-Sensei — Victory at Light Speed!”
“Rendez-vous with Adventure…” The 1958 American documentary that introduced Aikido and Founder Morihei Ueshiba to a western television audience. Aikido, at this time, was almost totally unknown.
O-Sensei intones a harmonic Kotodama sound, an expression of universal energy. Morihei was greatly influenced by the teachings of Onisaburo Deguchi, Spiritual Leader of the Omoto religion. The Kotodama is a Shinto-based system whose basic tenet is that sounds have an intrinsic value capable of affecting physical reality.
The famous triangle, circle, and square diagram that Morihei would use to explain the principles of his cosmic vision when giving lectures. On the left is the famous phrase, “Masakatsu Agatsu Katsuhayabi,” True victory, Victory over Self, Rapid victory at light speed.”
O-Sensei executes a powerful kokyunage throw with Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei serving as his uke. He initiates most techniques with uke’s attack being relegated to a token movement. Few practitioners adopt this approach today.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL OFFER!
Aikido Journal offers its complete collection of Morihei Ueshiba films for the first time in downloadable format. This invaluable historical material contains more than four hours of films and audio recordings of O-Sensei covering the period of 1935 to just prior to his passing in 1969. Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido was different from anyone else, and serious practitioners need to know how he moved, how he set up uke, and subtly blended using softness to attain such mystifying results on the mat. These are goals worthy of working for to greatly improve your aikido skills!