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Kiai as a Safety Factor in Training

An interesting perspective on kiai and audio vs. visual perception times from Tom Collings, a long time colleague of Stanley Pranin and veteran aikidoka. Tom began martial arts training with karate in the 1960s and started aikido in the early-1970s. After earning his aikido black belt in New York, he spent three years training at […]

The Last Jedi and Communication

So on my Facebook feed a friend of mine was positing that the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, could easily be a treatise/commentary on the failure of how men tend to think and act versus how women tend to think and act. (Yes, I said tend to. I don’t mean to generalize. I am […]

A New Year; A New Beginning

Long ago, I had a blog. Originally, I wrote in a vain attempt to keep myself from talking too much while I taught at Aikido Kokikai South Everett. That, however, proved unsuccessful. It seems that, when I teach, I cannot help but talk. A lot. Anyway. In addition to the blog failing its original purpose, […]

Continuing the Tradition

Cover image: Christian Tissier at the Aiki Expo with Mikhail Ryabko, founder of Systema. Many would agree that the Aiki Expo seminars, produced by Aikido Journal, were some of the most impactful events in the modern history of our art.  With themes of education, exploration, and friendship-building, the Expos brought together dozens of the world’s […]

Why the World Needs Aikido, A Millennial’s Perspective

This editorial is written by Christina Kelly, a 30-year-old practitioner who began her aikido journey six months ago. Christina, a Harvard graduate, has written editorial for leading media companies such as ESPN and Blizzard Entertainment. Show More Summary

Noriaki Inoue: Documentary and Demo

This video contains a documentary and fascinating technical footage of Noriaki Inoue, a nephew of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and a man of tremendous importance to the early history of aikido. Inoue was raised during a part of his youth in the Ueshiba household. He was in Hokkaido at the time Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku […]

Our Next Instructor Courses

With Bulletproofing Pins, our first instructor course now live, we’d like to talk about what’s coming next. Josh Gold gives an overview of what you can expect from the Academy in 2018 in this 8 minute livestream recording. If you’d like to participate in the survey mentioned in the video and tell us which courses you’d like […]

Our First Instructor Course: Bulletproofing Pins

We’re excited to announce that our first online instructor course, Bulletproofing Pins with Roy Dean, launches this Friday. This is the first instructional product produced by the new Aikido Journal and was built from the ground up to serve as a new kind of instructor development program. Curriculum design was adapted from the Bulletproofing Pins […]

Introducing Aikido Journal Academy

On a mission to forge the best instructors in the martial arts world. With a full 40% of our community as instructors and over 60% with 10+ years experience, we believe a high-impact area for Aikido Journal to focus on in the near-term is instructor development. We want to help aikido instructors be the best […]

Aikido: Confronting a Crisis

For the last 26 years, I’ve had a great “micro” view into the aikido world — as a student, teacher, and dojo operator. I’ve experienced periods of hard training, I’ve raised students and developed instructors, I’ve built a sustainable dojo, and I’ve had the honor of cultivating a 26 year long mentor/disciple relationship with my […]

Bulletproofing Pins: A Photo Journal

This instructor seminar was run by Roy Dean and Josh Gold on July 15, 2017. After resoundingly positive feedback on the format, Aikido Journal decided to use the format as the basis for future Aikido Journal Academy instructor seminars. Bowing in at the beginning of the seminar. We decided to wear no hakama since so […]

Haruo Matsuoka Seminar: A Photo Journal

Haruo Matsuoka Sensei held a seminar in Irvine, CA in mid-November, 2017. This photo journal captures the Friday evening and Sunday morning sessions from the event. We hope you enjoy the photos, along with the commentary that captures my personal perspective of the event. Photos by Anne Lee, an Aikido Journal photojournalist. Haruo Matsuoka Sensei […]

Morihei Ueshiba Radio Interview

These two video clips contain portions of a fascinating interview of the Founder conducted about 1967 during which he is questioned about aikido. As was his custom, many of the Founder’s comments reflect his spiritual views and mention Japanese kami. This recording, which includes full subtitles, affords a rare chance to gain an intimate glimpse […]

Mitsugi Saotome Seminar: An Outsider’s Perspective

In late August, I attended a seminar with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan in Redlands, California. While I have long known of Saotome Sensei as one of the living legends in the aikido world and and I have a number of friends in his organization, I’d never seen him in person nor trained at an ASU seminar. […]

The Aikido Friendship Demonstrations

We are pleased to announce the addition of the first Friendship Demonstration to Aikido Journal TV. Filmed in 1985, these videos feature outstanding performances by six Aikido greats: Morihiro Saito, Shoji Nishio, Kanshu Sunadomari, Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, and Yoshio Kuroiwa. Show More Summary

Patricia Hendricks Interview

We are pleased to release our full interview with Patricia Hendricks Shihan. When we originally filmed this interview, we planned on releasing it in short edited segments. However, in an effort to test different formats, we decided to release the interview in an almost completely unedited form. There are some rough edges in the production, but in the end, […]

We Rise Again

The new Aikido Journal is now live. We hope it will serve as a platform that will fuel the community’s efforts to elevate both ourselves and the art of aikido. Please explore both the website, and Aikido Journal TV, our new streaming video  service. Starting now, we’ll begin publishing new content regularly on a weekly basis […]

The Heroes of Aikido Journal

Since immersing myself in the Aikido Journal archives and spending time with the journal’s massive community, I’ve become increasingly awed by Stan’s contribution to the art of aikido. He built something truly important that can serve us for generations to come. While it is unquestionable that Stan dedicated his life to this endeavor, it also would not […]

Pre-Launch Update: The New Aikido Journal

We’re now deep into production on the new Aikido Journal and wanted to provide the community with a pre-launch update. Key Updates Email is now online: All Aikido Journal email addresses are now active. If you have a support issue or just want to say hi, you can email us here. If you sent an email […]

Daito-ryu: Katsuyuki Kondo, Volume 1

The Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu Mokuroku (curriculum) is comprised of 118 techniques. This is the first of a five part series of instructional videos covering the Daito-ryu curriculum. After a brief history of the art, Kondo Sensei explains the 6 basic principles: Rei, Metsuke, Maai, Kokyu, Kuzushi and Zanshin. This video shares 10 idori, 5 hanza-handachi, 10 […]

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