Patrick Cassidy is a 6th dan Aikikai Aikido instructor. He has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. His primary teacher was Saito Morihiro Shihan (1928 – 2002), whom he studied with in Japan for 6 ½ years. He also spent extended time studying with Robert Nadeau Shihan, Peter Ralston and Richard Moon Sensei.
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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… Continue reading “Haruo Matsuoka”
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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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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If you ever tried to find some good educational videos about ukemi – there’s a good chance that you stopped looking right when Donovans Meeting the Mat explanations were found. This is what happened to me. You may get no idea why it’s attractive but you will get the feel that everything should work just like that because of the softness and smoothness of the moves.
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A trick and a little presentation of how American Ki-Society aikido looks like and goes so far with Kashiwaya Sensei.
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