Video: “Morihiro Saito — Bukiwaza
in front of the Aiki Shrine”
Morihiro Saito’s “Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo Study Course” includes three bonus weapons’ videos in addition to the basic course. The first is Saito Sensei’s Aiki Ken presentation at the 1989 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. The second video contains portions of Saito Sensei’s Weapons Seminar in San Diego, California in 1988. The third bonus item is a rare film shot in 1979 in front of the Aiki Shrine in Iwama where Saito Sensei demonstrates Aiki Ken and Jo suburi and kata. Highlights from the latter film appear below.
“The Ki Musubi no Tachi is a genial form designed to teach the
ability to precisely blend with the sword movements of a partner”
This video depicts highlights of a longer film of weapons demonstrations shot in 1979. Saito Sensei is in his prime and his handling of the ken and jo is powerful and fluid. In the 1970s and 80s, the uchideshi at the Iwama Dojo would have early morning sessions in front of the Aiki Shrine near the Iwama Dojo. Literally hundreds of live-in students had intensive Aiki Ken and Jo training under the guidance of Morihiro Saito Sensei.
The 7 ken suburi are the building blocks of a strong, stable posture, and familiarity with the handling of the sword.
There are 20 jo suburi that cover all of the basic striking, thrusting,
and parrying movements of this versatile weapon favored by the Founder.
The Ki Musubi no Tachi is a genial form designed to teach the ability
to precisely blend with the sword movements of a partner.
Tracking your partner’s sword arc, you cut his wrist to prevent his shomen strike in the first kumitachi.
The 5th kumitachi abounds with turning and swirling movements and requires perfect blending and timing.
A strong body support structure and proper use of the hips are necessary to master the Aiki Ken and Jo.