Aikido's Ueshiba Sensei

I thought some of you may be interested in seeing the following two videos of Morihei Ueshiba:

First from 1935

The second is a compilation from much later in Ueshiba’s career


One response to “Aikido's Ueshiba Sensei

  1. Ueshiba Sensei clearly is showing the stages he was going through when developing his art- the younger Ueshiba is moving more like in Daito Ryu, the art he studied.

    Here are some reference videos of Daito Ryu masters demonstrating techniques:

    Seigo Okamoto (Daito Ryu Roppokai) – note his seated techniques

    Daito Ryu in slo-mo

    Daito Ryu Hiden Mokoroku

    Daito Ryu Roppokai basic techniques demonstrated by Okamoto Sensei

    Daito Ryu memorial demos by a variety of masters

    Aiki Expo 2005 (demonstrators are from a variety of aikijujutsu and aikido styles)

    Although the following videos are not of Japanese styles, they show movements and similar application of biomechanical principles that are quite similar to aikido and aikijujutsu. When I first saw these styles, I thought I was watching something like aikido but it really is different from it while showing incredible similarities.

    In fact the similarities are uncanny to the point that Vladimir Vasiliev and his teacher Mikhail Ryabko demonstrated at Aiki Expos 2003 and 2005 (Stanley Pranin wrote an article praising the Russian style on and attended a training session with Vladimir Vasiliev – )

    Russian style martial arts go by a variety of names, but all share similar mechanics and movement patterns (although each person tailors it to his personal expression, as one can see). There are various schools and lineages each emphasizing different aspects of movement and expression more than the others, but all share this spiral, wavelike circular movement that is common to aikido, aikijujutsu, and Russian styles.

    Aleksey Kadochnikov (the grey haired older man, head of the Kadochnikov style of Russian combatives), and Vladimir Vasiliev (of a different lineage of training than Kadochnikov)

    Vladimir Vasiliev demonstration (Aiki Expo 2003)

    Mikhail Ryabko, Vladimir Vasiliev’s teacher and head of his organization that teaches Systema

    Dmitry Skogorev, head of the style “Sibirsky Vyun”

    It is interesting and fascinating how each master practitioner of the aiki based arts interprets the underlying biomechanical priniciples in his unique manner, just like a person displaying handwriting when he or she writes sentences.

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