Browse Category History & Philosophy

This category is popular for the core elements and figures of the Aikido.  Rituals, meanings, teachers that made an impact on what we have today can be found in this category.

Kazuo Chiba

Kazuo Chiba (February 5, 1940 – June 5, 2015) – has been an 8 Dan Aikido Aikikai teacher.  He learned directly from the Morihei Ueshiba and his son Kisshomaru. He dedicated life to Budo where 50 years were about the Aikido in the first place.

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Masatake Fujita

Masatake Fujita (April 21, 1937 – May 28, 2014) – 8 Dan Aikido Aikikai. Was born in a town with a name Changchun, China. At that time territory was controlled by Japan and named Manchuria. His father was deeply in Budo and because of that Masatake’s interest was low until he personally met a founder […]

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Hirokazu Kobayashi

Hirokazu Kobayashi (February 14, 1929 – August 28, 1998) was an Aikido teacher with a rank of 8 Dan. He created Kobayashi Aikido style that is still practiced around the world.

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About Sumo

You know Sumo, a wrestling where a wrestler attempts to force his opponent out of a circular ring or into touching the ground with any body part other than the soles of his feet. Sumo has deep roots from the Shinto religion of Japan, has about 1500 years of history and is still practiced professionally […]

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Interview with Robert Savoca from Brooklyn Aikikai

Robert Savoca Sensei is a 6 Dan Birankai and one of the Kazuo Chiba’s successors. The interview was taken on Saturday, February 2, 2019 during Savoca Sensei’s seminar in Wroclaw Aikikai Dojo, Poland.

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Interview with Yasuno Masatoshi

Yasuno Masatoshi was born on September 7, 1948 in Kanazawa city which is in the Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. Yasuno Masatoshi is a Hombu Shihan with a 8 Dan Aikikai rang and is considered to be Yamaguchi Sensei’s technique heir along with the Seishiro Endo, Yoshinobu Takeda and Christian Tissier.

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Interview with Piotr Masztalerz from the Wroclaw Aikikai

Piotr Masztalerz studies Aikido since 1988. He’s a 6 Dan Aikido Birankai Shidoin based in Poland. For those who don’t know Birankai is an association of Aikido Practitioners and Dojos founded by T. K. Chiba Shihan, forged by rigorous training, tempered by mutual respect, and committed to the relentless pursuit of the art.

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Morito Suganuma

We’ve met Morito Suganuma Shihan earlier on the blog in a post with the warmups but he really deserves more… He was born on July 27, 1942 in Fukushima, Japan. He knew about the aikido from the early age and heard about O-Sensei few times but only at Asia University in Tokyo he was able to […]

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Aikido Warm Ups

There is a ton of the warm up wxercises and variations of each one, just like the techniques and the entrances. Changing a speed of the same move can  make you feel different. No matter where you do aikido – a class is going to start from a warm up most of the times. Warm up […]

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Why Mokuso?

Mokuso is a japanese term for silent meditation. First kanji reads as “moku” and means silence or stop and the second one is “so” and means to think or focus. Mokuso is a common way to start and to end a training session in the japanese martial arts and especially aikido.

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