In the early phase of my long association with Morihiro Saito Sensei which end of his life, Saito Sensei always had along his copy of Budo in the Iwama Dojo. Here again, as usual, Saito Sensei refers to his master, Morihei Ueshiba. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido.

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We’ll find inhere, several quotations from the founder This hudo has been reproduced here thanks to the kind authorization of Franziska Roller and Volker Hochwald.

The original page is at www. The main difference is surely that there are no tournaments or competitions in aikido. The Founder studied a variety of different martial arts, competed against many other disciplines and realized that competition is not necessary. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido, a beautiful world that is like the house of a big family; to never compete again.

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The Founder wrote a poem that says, “This beautiful form of heaven and earth is a single family created by the guardian spirit. This is the feeling of aikido. Besides aaito, this martial art is completely rational. I think that every martial art is rational; however, for aikido buddo is especially true.

Anyone can practiceunderstand, and reason with it. It is not a martial art only for strong or fit people. Children and elderly alike can all enjoy training and become good Aikidoka.

I have tried many different martial arts, but I think it was this that I liked about aikido. Aikido is a martial art. No matter how good one is in judo, if he or she takes a kendo sword and looses against a student, he or she is not a Budoka, but a Judoka.

Even as number one in Japan in kendo, if he or she puts on a judogi and is thrown by a student, he or she is a Kendoka and not a Budoka. O’Sensei The Founder says, “This is not good. That is why in aikido, even if the principle of the sword is formative, all the movements in the body techniques, as well as in the weapons techniques, are entirely similar. That is why weapon techniques are indispensable in aikido.

They are a part of it. Some people say aikido is a collection of techniques, but that is not true.

How shall I put it? Each of them is contained in the whole. No matter which of the three you take out, bokken, jo, or taijutsu, alone it is not complete aikido.


That is why weapons are an especially important part of aikido.

Interview with SAITO Sensei

Through aikido, human beings can become good people finding greatness coming from within. O’Sensei always said, “When you do not engage for xaito humanity and the world, I will not teach you. O’Sensei would answer the question, “What is Aikido?

That means without competition. This is the demand of O’Sensei. That is why competition is not necessary. If it should happen that you are confronted with a real situation where you have to defend yourself physically, the way you have trained in aikido is more useful than competitions.

Sato are so many techniques of self-defense without violence. In a competition, people soon start to prefer a certain technique and wait for an opportunity to use it. That is the moment where they can be overcome. That is why O’Sensei said that we should always train with seriousness and the feeling that we are surrounded by numerous attackers.

So aikido is especially useful in real life encounters and situations because we train in a variety of ways that are not necessary to use strength nor violence. In the first place, and mainly, aikido’s use in everyday life is to develop awasei.

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A variation of a principle of aikido can be applied to anyone, big or small, obese or slim, stiff or supple. This is why you should not clash or collide and get into a conflict, but instead go with the movements of another. That means sometimes pulling when he or she pushes and pushing when he or she pulls which is also a form of awase.

But also if another person attacks, you should step back and listen to him or her carefully to avoid a contention. Or when the other one is a restraint person, you should spur on and encourage them. In this way, you can use aikido for many things. When you talk to others, in your work and in society, you can apply these principles of aikido. That is why almost every master often says to their students, “When you enter the working world, you shall use the principles of aikido; you shall use bueo in society.

In this sense, it is like that with every martial art, but in aikido, it is more prevalent. There are many aikido masters, but only a few who had budp lot of teaching from O’Sensei himself. In true budo, you do not express yourself in words or writing. Usually people who talk a lot and write good essays cannot also do good aikido.


Interview with SAITO Sensei – Iwama Ryu Aikido

It is better not to talk too much, but to learn with the body. It is true that people are different. Some learn with their minds by listening, while others learn with their bodies by watching.

But the Founder always said, “If you show someone the way, you first have to do it yourself, demonstrate and show it. So the Founder did not like to talk too much. But such a philosophical perspective is also important.

When O’Sensei started to talk about aikido, saitto became tales about God. Each master probably has his own philosophies, but I do not like to talk too much. Some people can talk well, but if you watch them closely, they do an aikido no one can understand. It is not their fault because they were not taught by The Founder himself.

Hudo order to keep his martial art alive, from that moment on he started to enthusiastically explore Aikido in Iwama by worshipping the Budo Guardian Spirits and praying every morning and evening. And so Takemusu Aikido was created. He said the former aikido was not the “true” aikido. It may not be incorrect aikido, but this is what O’Sensei said.

In Takemusu Aikidobit by bit, new techniques appear spontaneously. This never stops, it is infinite like a spring. Therefore, for every technique, there is a basic form. It is necessary to learn these basics in their correct order to be able to understand the real aikido.

Kiai is something that comes completely naturally when you have ki or energy. It comes by itself. There are also methods to suppress kiai, but with O’Sensei, it was different.

He said that you should shout from the abdomen. Indeed in martial arts a big kiai is a sign of good energy. It is important to make kiai. Training gudo kiai does not make big progress. It is not powerful and has no energy. With a big kiai, a training is full of energy. That is why it is better to shout out loud. O’Sensei always said, “What kind of kiai is that?

Make a bigger kiai! Go outside and let the sparrows fall from the trees! But wherever possible, you should shout out loud. Emi IsomuraMark L. Site Map Contact us Printable format. Dojo cho Aiki Dojo:: It will be welcome. Skip to main content.