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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Nobuyuki Watanabe

Nobuyuki Watanabe was born on July 25, 1930 in Miyazaki Prefecture. Sumo was the first budo on his way and at secondary school he started Judo. He also made Jukenjutsu  but really liked and considered Judo to be the best martial art possible before he got thrown with the Shiho-Nage

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Tomiki, Sport or Shodokan Aikido

Kenji Tomiki was born on March 15, 1900 in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture. He began to learn under the Morihei Ueshiba in 1926 and was also a Jigoro Kanos (a founder of the Judo) student. He managed to get 8 Dan at Aikido in 1940 (and 8 Dan at Judo in 1978). He taught both of them in Waseda University, Tokyo and this is when he started a development of his own Aikido theories which crossed with what Aikikai was about to become. (more…)

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Christian Tissier interview on Kombat Sports TV Channel

For those who do not know SFR Sport Kombat is a French TV channel about the Martial Arts, MMA and everything related. The interview is originally in French, Tissiers native language, and a traslation to English is inside the post, hop in.

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Hiroshi Ikeda

Hiroshi Ikeda was born on January 8, 1950 in Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Kokugakuin University and the aikido club there of which Mitsugi Saotome Shihan was a chief instructor. After the graduation he trained regularly at Hombu Dojo of Aikikai and in Saotomes Reimeijuku Dojo in Tokyo.

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Masatomi Ikeda

Masatomi Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan on 8 April 1940. He is a Japanese aikido teacher who holds the rank of 7th dan Aikikai and a status of Shihan. He was already deeply interested in budo before he started his aikido way. He was able to achive a 4th dan in judo and a 5th dan in sumo through the course of life.  (more…)

Juba Nour and the Baja Aikido

Juba Nour learned the aikido under the Master Kazuo Chiba, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. Starting from 1983 for 4 years he has been an uchideshi, a mostly chosen uke for the demonstrations, a big part of a powerfull show made by Chiba Sensei. (more…)

Haruo Matsuoka

Does this face seem familiar to you? Haruo Matsuoka was Steven Seagals most important student for more that 20 years. He followed Steven to USA from Japan, participated in the movies, was a Chief Instructor of Steven Seagals Tenshin Dojo in Los Angeles for 8 years… (more…)

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