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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.1: Aiki Budo

The first installment in a six-part series on the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. This is an in-depth look at the prewar art of Morihei Ueshiba featuring the rare 1935 Asahi News Film! Documentary: Morihei Ueshiba, 1883-1942 This exciting DVD showcases the prewar Aiki Budo of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido. The program begins with a documentary written and produced by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin that traces the life of the Founder from his boyhood in Tanabe through his retirement to Iwama in 1942. Morihei's early martial arts training, his study of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu under the famous Sokaku Takeda, his involvement with the Omoto religious sect led by Onisaburo Deguchi, and a history of Ueshiba's Kobukan Dojo are presented. This documentary also includes video and audio recordings of several prewar Aikido figures commenting on their remembrances of the Aikido Founder.

Author: Aikido Today
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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.2: Takemusu Aiki

This is the second installment in a six-part series on the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. "Takemusu Aiki" includes five rare films of the Aikido Founder shot on location in Wakayama Prefecture, Osaka and Tokyo. Morihei Ueshiba is seen here in film clips spanning the years from 1952-1958 plus a fascinating historical documentary. O-Sensei demonstrates hundreds of seated and standing techniques, as well as the jo and ken, the staff and sword of aikido. Morihei cuts a vigorous figure in this DVD, being in his late 60s through mid-70s in the footage presented here. You will see some of the finest action scenes of the Founder that have survived to this day. A particular highlight of this program is the footage shot at the Self-Defense Agency in the dojo outdoors on the rooftop. The visual quality is stunning and you'll see many close-up views of the Founder.

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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.3: Rendez-Vous with Adventure

This DVD presents the full, uncut version of a fascinating U.S. television documentary on aikido produced in 1958. It follows the adventures of an American tv crew who first cover the opening of the majestic Tokyo Tower with all its pomp and ceremony. Next, they pay a visit to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo to find out what aikido is all about. There they meet famous Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his son Kisshomaru, and Koichi Tohei. Two members of the crew don training uniforms and try the art out for themselves often with humorous results. An unforgettable scene is the "challenge" by one of the sceptical journalists handled by Koichi Tohei. Another highlight of this film is the interview of O-Sensei with Koichi Tohei acting as interpreter. You will hear the Founder's actual voice and watch him intone a haunting Shinto chant.

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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.4: Way of Harmony

The fourth installment in a six-part series on the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. This exciting DVD showcases the rare films of the Founder taken between the years of 1958 and 1962. In addition, a never-before-heard audio interview of O-Sensei is presented in its entirety for the first time. Here is a full list of the contents of this wonderful new DVD of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba: Aikikai Hombu, 1958 Highlights of a class and demonstration given at the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo. The Founder demonstrates a variety of seated and standing techniques in this clip. TV Documentary, 1958 This film was shot contemporaneously with the American tv documentary "Rendez-vous with Adventure" by an amateur cameraman.

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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.5: Divine Techniques

This is the fifth DVD of Aikido Journal's definitive DVD series on the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. "Divine Techniques" is comprised of a collection of 12 films of O-Sensei-several of them in color-from the period of 1962 to shortly before his death in 1969. It also includes a heretofore unpublished audio recording of the Founder's voice. Contents include: Iwama Dojo and Aiki Shrine, 1962 The Founder performs several demonstrations both in the Iwama Dojo and inside the Aiki Shrine. American aikidoka Terry Dobson is featured prominently. This film was shot in 1962 by Mr. & Mrs. William Nye for a tv documentary that was never completed. 

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Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Vol.6: Founder of Aikido

The final installment in a six-part series on the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. This DVD is an amazing historical documentary consisting of two parts. The first section is the uncut version of a Japanese tv documentary titled "Aikido" produced in 1961. This film focuses on the life and techniques of Morihei Ueshiba and was shot on location in Iwama and Tokyo. It contains beautiful footage of the Founder in his daily life and while training. There are some marvelous action scenes including an incredible display of empty-handed techniques, defenses against multiple attacks and a live sword! Both the late Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito figure prominently as O-Sensei's training partners. Watch for O-Sensei's incredible ability to perceive his partner's intent before the attack even starts! 

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Budo The Art Of Killing

Filmed entirely in Japan, this docu-drama highlights the various techniques of 'Budo' (Karate, Judo, Aikido, etc.). The film explores the spiritual and historical traditions, training and techniques of this specialised form of martial arts.

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