There are only few direct O-Sensei disciples left alive and Yamada Sensei is one of them. This is one reason he is so respected and demanded. The other and even bigger reason is is his high aikido skill, unique style and colossal contribution to aikido.
Was born on 4th September 1980 and started aikido at 15 years. Ryuji lived in Aikido Kobayashi Dojo as an uchideshi, traveled to Germany to learn under Katsuaki Asai Sensei, lived in Calgary Aikikai in Canada. But let’s make fare right from the start… Continue reading “Ryuji Shirakawa”
Nobuo Takase Shihan was born on February 6, 1947 in Himeji, Japan. He began studying Aikido at Kogakkan University in Ise, Japan and was learning under O-Sensei himself, Kazuo Chiba, Mitsunari Kanai, Norihiko Ichihashi and Nobuyuki Watanabe. Continue reading “Nobuo Takase”
Hiroshi Tada was born on December 13th 1929 year and is the only living 9th Dan Aikido Aikikai holder. He entered Hombu Dojo in 1950 and doing aikido now for 67 years! He was just always there, he knows them all, and seen it all happened and changed with his own eyes.
Sensei Philip Lee was born on 29 October 1954. He started his martial art way being nine years old with Chinese Wushu following with Judo, Karate, Taichi, Kodachi (short sword) Goshindo. At age of 17 began his Aikido trainings with Sensei Harry Ng and in 8 years was appointed as an instructor under Aikikai Singapore… Continue reading “Philip Lee”
There is a ton of the warm up exercises 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 exercises are usually the simple ones to do. They are about stretching, breathing, unlocking your joints and preparing your body for a harder work. You are trying to get a detailed feeling of these little parts of your body, preparing your mind also and concentrating on the present moment. These simple moves will tell you how hard are you able to go this time. You must try to remember this every time you start a warm up. It’s not only a tradition.
Tameshigiri (試し斬) is a targeted cutting with a sword test. During tameshigiri a swordsman skill is testing these days. Different materials are used to test. Mostly rice straw (wara), top layer of tatami mats (goza), bamboo and much more.