Yoshimitsu Yamada

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.

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Ryuji Shirakawa

Ryuji Shirakawa was born on 4th September 1980 and started aikido at 15 years. Ryuji lived in Kobayashi’s Dojo as an uchideshi, traveled to Germany to learn under Katsuaki Asai Sensei, lived in Calgary Aikikai in Canada. But let’s make it fare right from the start…

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Nobuo Takase

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.

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Hiroshi Tada

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.

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Philip Lee

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…

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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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Tameshigiri

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.

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Ivan Novikov

6th dan Aikikai Sensei Ivan Novikov is a President of an oldest in Russia Martial Arts club named Lenkai, a Head Coach of the National Council of Aikido in Russia, a Father of FIVE children and a great person to be with, I prove!

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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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Dang Thong Phong

Dang Thong Phong was born in 1935. He started his Martial Arts career from Han Bai Duong Vietnamese Shaolin Kung-fu and Judo and from 1958 he added Aikido and Taekwondo to the list of his favourite activities and he continues to follow his choices even now, after almost 60 years.

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