Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, demostrates at the 44th All Japan Aikido Demonstration (2006)

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A strong physical demonstration of power aikido which some feel should be the direction of the art in order to deflect criticism of the lack of effectiveness of aikido technique. In any event, during his active years, Isoyama Sensei’s demonstrations were among those that elicited the most enthusiastic response from audiences. Please post your comments.

A strong physical demonstration of power aikido which some feel should be the direction of the art in order to deflect criticism of the lack of effectiveness of aikido technique. In any event, during his active years, Isoyama Sensei’s demonstrations were among those that elicited the most enthusiastic response from audiences. Please post your comments.

Selected by Sakura Mai

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3 Comments
  1. Alvin Nagasawa says:
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Very impressed with his power at his age. His centering of his maai and foot work. The uke took a lot of punishment. But having the true intention of attack. The outcome of the demonstration showed the blending of the two forces in action. Aikido can be heavy handed when it needs to be. Controlling oneself is everyone’s goal in training any martial arts.

  2. Peta Goodman says:
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Bonecrushing? No,just beautiful elegant aikido done with confidence and conviction. And the occasional high koshiwaza? We may all have a stiff back one day and hopefully an excellent uke to take the throw.

  3. Dennis Murray says:
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Steven Seagal type kokyunages, I can now see where he found his influences. And some high falls but the rest is typical.


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