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.”

Morihei oversees the demonstration for the American film crew while seated in front of the tokonoma of the old Aikikai Hombu Dojo.

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.

The Founder pins the shoulder of the hapless American to the mat in this most unusual photo as Wakasensei Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei Sensei look on.

O-Sensei readies himself in chudan kamae (middle posture) with bokken as he begins his sword demonstration. The showing of sword and staff techniques was a staple of his aikido demonstrations.

In the midst of a rapid sword exchange, the Founder’s ultra energetic action is fortified by a strong kiai. O-Sensei’s vital energy produces explosive movements that set his aikido apart from others.



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!

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