Just Like Swimming

Old school karate footage. Some great stuff, if you ignore the cheesy 1960’s theatrics. Watch for the car jumping scene at 1:40s (ed: there are certainly easier ways to avoid the traffic!)

Posted Jul 2012 by paul-aikido-jls

"Whatever you do, don’t look behind you!"

Posted Jul 2012 by paul-aikido-jls

A balance destroying sokumen irimnage (side entry throw) at just the right time

Posted Jul 2012 by paul-aikido-jls

Freestyle demonstration in a very confined space by instructors of Aikido Renshinkai Hombu (Tokyo).

Posted Jul 2012 by paul-aikido-jls

Chillin’ in seiza

Posted Aug 2011 by jls-editorial-staff

Strikes are an inefficient method of ending a fight. However, they are a significant part of most fights, and a solider must have an understanding of fighting at striking range. It is important to note that while at striking range, you are open to being struck. For this reason, it is often better to avoid striking range.

– US Army Field Manual (on hand to hand combat)

… and just to be fair to the good folk at the International Shinkendo Federation, here is their latest, very cool, promo vid. Remember: this be real sword work folks, so enjoy (even if it was made extra dramatic for the cameras!)

Posted Aug 2011 by jls-editorial-staff

Whilst watching Rising Sun the other night — Hollywood’s greatest example of why 2nd generation nikkei Californians don’t pass for native Japanese — lo and behold who do I see in a bit role? None other than Toshishiro Obata, founder of Shinkendo!

I’m sure IMDB would have told me the same thing but nonetheless I was surprised to see him in all his "sunglasses at night" glory. Twas a shame he wasn’t in any action sequences though.

Interestingly IMDB credits him as “oyabun”. Not sure I know of any Yakuza bosses who guard the front desk at the local Soapland. Then again, I don’t know any Yakuza bosses … or do I? - Ed

Posted Aug 2011 by jls-editorial-staff

Early Aikido pioneers Taking uke for O-Sensei

Imagine our surprise when we discovered this rare footage of Shioda Gozo and Tohei Koichi taking uke for Morihei Ueshiba. The footage was filmed at the Aikikai Hombu in Shinjuku in 1952, only two years after the ban on martial arts was lifted.

At the time, the Aikikai was yet to organise themselves and Shioda & Tohei were the most prominent promulgators of the Art in Japan.

Shioda has been highlighted in the footage with Tohei appearing to his left in most shots. We hope you enjoy it!

Posted May 2011 by jls-editorial-staff

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