Morihiro Saito, 9th dan: “Exploring
the Basics of the Aiki Ken”
Morihei Ueshiba considered knowledge of the Ken and Jo as a key component of “Takemusu Aiki,” the highest level of attainment in the art where one is capable of spontaneously executing techniques ideally suited to the circumstances.
Morihiro Saito, one of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s closest students from the postwar era, is the acknowledged master of the Aiki Ken and Jo. He learned at the side of Ueshiba O-Sensei for over 20 years and codified the Founder’s teachings on the sword and staff of aikido into an elaborate weapons curriculum. The above video clip contains highlights of Saito Sensei’s instructional video on the Aiki Ken.
“Among the basic ken practices left by the founder are the ki musubi no tachi and the five kumitachi. You must learn
the basic seven suburi in order to avoid becoming confused and to be able to safely practice the kumitachi.”
The above screenshots were taken from Morihiro Saito’s “Aiki Ken” instructional video shot in 1987. The uke is Kenichi Shibata. The complete video is included in the Study Course offered below.