Morihiro Saito’s Aiki Ken and Jo DVDs
Morihiro Saito’s Aiki Ken & Aiki Jo! Our special for this week is the famous Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo DVD set by Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan. These DVDs cover all of the basic Iwama weapons forms of the aikdo sword and staff curriculum as taught by Saito Sensei over a period of several [...]
Morihiro Saito’s Aiki Ken & Aiki Jo!
Our special for this week is the famous Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo DVD set by Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th dan. These DVDs cover all of the basic Iwama weapons forms of the aikdo sword and staff curriculum as taught by Saito Sensei over a period of several decades. We offer this set at the special price of $24.95 for both the ken and jo DVDs, allowing all serious practitioners to build their video libraries.
Let’s take a closer look at the content of each of these DVDs:
AIKI KEN: the Aiki Ken DVD covers the 7 ken suburi, ki musubi no tachi, 5 kumitachi and henka no tachi.
AIKI JO: the Aiki Jo DVD includes the 31 jo kata, 20 jo suburi, 31 jo kumijo, 10 kumijo, and 13 jo awase.
Both discs offer you a choice of three languages to view the programs: Japanese, English, or French.
Who is Morihiro Saito?
Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) was one of the closest and most gifted of the thousands of students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. He began his training in Iwama in 1946 and became of the most highly regarded aikido teachers of the postwar generation. Saito Sensei authored more than 10 technical books on aikido and conducted over 100 international seminars during his lengthy career. He was noted for his superb technical ability and exceptional teaching skills.
Why should you add these DVDs to your collection?
The Aiki Ken and Jo DVDs are the authoritative reference materials for Saito Sensei’s weapons system. They were shot specifically for the serious practitioner interested in learning the Aiki Ken and Jo and include detailed explanations and different angle shots to facilitate understanding of important details.
Is the study of the Aiki Ken and Jo important to your progress?
There are a variety of schools of thought as to whether study of the Aiki Ken and Jo is essential to developing the well-rounded aikidoka. When making your personal decision, consider the following. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba was very serious about his study of the ken and jo from his middle years onward. He considered knowledge of these weapons as a key component of “Takemusu Aiki,” the highest level of attainment in the art where one is capable of spontaneously executing techniques perfectly suited to the circumstances. Moreover, weapons practice strengthens the entire body, enhances hip stability and an understanding of maai (combative distance). Many who have not had access to aikido weapons training have sought to fill this gap by studying various outside systems such as iaido and classical Japanese weapons schools. Fortunately, aikido does include an elaborate weapons curriculum and these DVDs will open up a new dimension in your training. Highly recommended for every serious aikidoka!