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Aikido: The Power and the Basics

with Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan

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This set includes all three of Yamada Sensei’s classic instructional videos. Volume 1 contains Aikido fundamentals, etiquette, basic technique and all USAF 5th kyu techniques. Volume 2 continues with Aikido principles and applications plus all USAF 4th and 3rd kyu technqiues. Volume 3 includes a wide variety of advanced Aikido techniques from USAF 2nd kyu through Dan level including randori and weapons defense. DVDs and downloads can be purchased individually or as a complete set.

The Complete Set

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Volume 1

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Volume 2

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Volume 3

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Birankai Technical Guidelines

with T.K. Chiba Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan

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This 4 DVD set contains demonstrations by Chiba Sensei of all of the kyu test techniques from the original USAF Western Region. Chiba Sensei is one of the most influential Aikido teachers in the world and is renowned for his powerful and clear style. The demonstrations are invaluable not only for current Birankai students, but for beginner and advanced students from all Aikido federation and styles.
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Disc 1 – 5th & 4th Kyu

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Disc 2 – 3rd Kyu

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Disc 3 – 2nd Kyu

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Disc 4 – 1st Kyu

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36 Jyo Basics

with T.K. Chiba Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan

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Based on weapons principles handed down by OSensei, the 36 Jyo Basics are the foundation of Chiba Sensei’s training with the jo (wooden staff). The original sequences filmed in 1989 feature dynamic demonstrations by Chiba Sensei with his students.
Time: 25 minutes

Technical Aikido

with Mitsunari Kanai Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan

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This is the classic video by Kanai Sensei which he adopted from his unpublished manuscript. Modern footage shot at New England Aikikai is combined with vintage film and videos clips from throughout his career to illustrate Kanai Sensei’s unique observations and insights into Aikido’s technical and philosophical principles. Kanai Sensei explains in detail how body structure relates to Aikido principles, movements and practice and gives rise to the actual creation of Aikido techniques.
Time: 52 minutes

Between Heaven & Earth

with Seiichi Sugano Shihan

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Sugano Sensei is known as a gracious, gentle, and greatly revered teacher who has dedicated himself to training and inspiring students around the world. Until the making of this video, his subtle and spontaneous approach to Aikido had not been documented on film or video. This video captures the wisdom of Sugano Sensei’s philosophy and spiritual approach to Aikido, and the beauty, grace, power and precision of his technique. The making of Between Heaven and Earth was an historic event, an opportunity to document Sugano Shihan’s vision and teaching. It includes sections on body techniques and Aikido movement principles, bokken training, weapons, and breathing and mental preparation. It also includes a special added feature: twelve minutes of O-Sensei archival film footage.

New York Aikikai 20th Anniversary Demonstration

with Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba and 7 Shihankai Shihan

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This historic 1984 event featured demonstrations by Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, Noboyoshi Tamura Sensei, T.K. Chiba Sensei, Akira Tohei Sensei, Mitsunari Kanai Sensei, and Seiichi Sugano Sensei. These teachers all studied directly under O Sensei and went on to establish Aikido schools and federations around the world. Beginner and advanced students alike will delight and marvel at the breadth and power of these renown teachers, most of whom were in their 30′s and 40′ at the time. Additionally, many of the Aikidoka who went on to become Shihan in the various North American federations participate as ukes and demonstrators, including Harvey Konigsberg Sensei, Peter Bernath Sensei, Claude Berthiaume Sensei, and David Halprin Sensei.

Techniques de Jo 1

with Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan

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Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan, based this DVD on a classic 35 step Jo kata taught to him by his teacher, Mitsunari Kanai Sensei. Shortly before passing away, Kanai Sensei asked Berthiaume Sensei to create a 35 part counter-kata to complement the original kata. Together, these two forms create a 35 step kumi jo (partnered form).
This video includes demonstration of the 37 individual suburi forms which make up the kata and the counter-kata, the complete 35 step kata, the 35 step kata in unidirectional form, the 35 step counter-kata, the kumi jo in 5 smaller pieces, and the complete kumi jo. Each form is shown slowly from two different angles and at full speed from two different angles. Beginner and advanced students alike will find this to be a fascinating and challenging training tool.
Time: 33 minutes

Techniques de Jo 2

with Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan

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Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan, demonstrates two separate kata/kumijo sequences. The first is a 9-step kata with a corresponding partner kata, both of which are invertible, so that together they form a potentially endless looping sequence in the kumijo. The result is a fundamental partner exercise suitable for beginner to advanced weapons practitioners. The second kata and corresponding partner kata are 14-steps each, and form one of the classic kumijo sequences taught to Berthiaume Sensei by Kanai Sensei. All sequences are displayed in full speed with hakama and slower speed without hakama.

Kiyoi Kaze – Iaido – Shoden

with Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan

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This is Part 1 of a 4 part compilation based on the Iaido taught by Mitsunari Kanai Sensei between 1978 and 2004. Claude Berthiaume Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan, demonstrates Iaido fundamentals and basic exercises as well as all the techniques that make up the Muso Shinden Ryu Shoden.
Time: 37 minutes

Aikido Ukemi 1 – Meeting the Mat

with Donovan Waite Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan

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The ability to go safely to the ground is one of the most important skills of self-defense. It is essential for students of Aikido, who spend half their practice time being thrown to the mats. In this video, Donovan Waite Sensei, 7th Dan, Shihan, demonstrates and explains his own system of falling – a system based on techniques ranging from standard Aikido rolls to knee saving side falls and spectacular back drops. In all these falls, Waite Sensei meets the mat softly, not with percussion.
Time: 58 minutes

Holding Up Half the Sky: Women in Aikido

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This video features ten of the top pioneering women in Aikido from the United States Aikido Federation. Including interviews and Aikido demonstrations, the video shows the commitment of these instructors who have influenced the art of Aikido through teachng widely either at seminars or as Chief Instructors at the own dojos. Featured instructors: Penny Bernath, Barbara Britton, Coryl Crane, Lorraine Dianne, Gloria Namura, Yoko Okamoto, Jane Ozeki, Kristina Varjan, Susan Wolk, Gina Zarrilli.
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Midwestern Aikido Federation O Sensei Memorial Demonstration

with Akira Tohei Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan

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This 1996 event featured demonstrations by Akira Tohei Sensei, Iwagaki Sensei, and teachers and students from Midwest Aikido Federation.

USAF Winter Seminar 20004

with Yamada Sensei, Sugano Sensei, Shibata Sensei, and USAF Shihan

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Featuring the instruction of Yamada Sensei, Sugano Sensei, Shibata Sensei, Konigsberg Sensei, Bernath Sensei, and Waite Sensei.