Kashima Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu – 41st All Japan Kobudo Embu

https://youtu.be/s46HECVeUS8 The Kashima Shinto Ryu is a koryu that is thought to influence the teaching of Aikido founder, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. As taught within the Iwama Ryu of Aikido, the first Aikiken teachings are the same as this ryuha showing an obvious connection. In fact, as taught within in Iwama Ryu, most Aikido taijutsu and... Read more

Yoshinkan Shihan Joe Thambu

Joe Thambu in Munich 2013 – Aikido Yoshinkan

https://youtu.be/bAelbWHdjkc Excellent Aikido demonstration by Shihan Joe Thambu of the Yoshinkan. His home dojo is the Shudokan in Melbourne, Australia. Yoshinkan Aikido is the pre-WWII influenced Aikido of Gozo Shioda, founder and Kancho of the Yoshinkan. It is a powerful style with a rigid adherence to drills and kihon. It is also the chosen form... Read more

Aikido Dento Iwama Ryu

https://youtu.be/jYj0hhqG1Jo This is a great video showing insights into the Aikido of Dento Iwama Ryu as preserved by Morihiro Saito and now championed by his son, Hitohira. Iwama Ryu is the Aikido of the founder, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, during his time living and teaching in Iwama. The curriculum is broader than Aikikai Aikido and contains... Read more

Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu – 42nd Japanese Kobudo Demonstration (2019)

One of the things that I enjoy is the demonstration of Japanese kobudo. Daito Ryu is always of interest in these demonstrations as it is (as claimed) one of the oldest ryu-ha in existence. Precursor to modern day Aikido, Daito Ryu was studied by the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, and serves as the technical... Read more

Takemusu and BJJ

What is Takemusu? Takemusu is an Aikido-derived term and concept that was developed by Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba. He referred to this as an aikidoka's spontaneous generation of new techniques in reaction to a variety of situations (my words and interpretation). A further explanation may be from a description of what it isn't. That is,... Read more