Meanings and Levels of Dan Degrees

Written by Nobuyoshi TAMURA Shihan. 1 – 初段 SHODAN – The First DAN: SHO represents the beginning, beginner. The body eventually begins to respond to the given commands and to produce technical forms. One can have ambiguous ideas about what Aikido could be. At this point, we must force ourselves to apply the techniques as precisely as possible and to train accurately. ... More

Interview with Yamada Sensei about Ranks

Sensei, don’t you have the feeling that sometimes, especially during the seminars, you don’t have “control” over the people who you are testing? Often You don’t know persons who are taking the test, they are recommended by their instructor. Well, I have to trust instructors, their recommendations. Unfortunately, sometimes I don’t agree with the recommendations. ... More

Educator

This article was first published in AikidoEurope, the publication organ of the Europen Aikido Federation. The article was taken from the English text on the https://aikidosphere.com/nt-e-educator website. ... More

BUDO

This article was first published in AikidoEurope, the publication organ of the Europen Aikido Federation. The article was taken from the English text on the https://aikidosphere.com/nt-e-budo website. ... More

Nobuyoshi Tamura, The Eagle of Aikido / Part 2

Tamura Nobuyoshi, 8th Dan Aikikai, was one of the closest disciples of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. His friendly smile and frail appearance were known to practitioners worldwide, as was his piercing gaze and the technical virtuosity that he demonstrated whenever he practiced Aikido. Tamura Sensei’s Aikido was quick, subtle and extremely martial. After more than 50 years of practice, his techniques were perfected to the point where all superficial movements had disappeared and only the essence of his art form was visible in such subtle movements that they were almost invisible and appeared magical to the uninitiated. The Samurai Magazine (note: this is the martial arts magazine where this interview first appeared) presents the longest interview that he has ever given. In it, Tamura Sensei recollects memories and reflects on a lifetime of practice. Meet the legendary master with a piercing stare and an excellent sense of humor… ... More

Nobuyoshi Tamura, The Eagle of Aikido / Part 1

Tamura Nobuyoshi, 8th Dan Aikikai, was one of the closest disciples of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. His friendly smile and frail appearance were known to practitioners worldwide, as was his piercing gaze and the technical virtuosity that he demonstrated whenever he practiced Aikido. Tamura Sensei’s Aikido was quick, subtle and extremely martial. After more than 50 years of practice, his techniques were perfected to the point where all superficial movements had disappeared and only the essence of his art form was visible in such subtle movements that they were almost invisible and appeared magical to the uninitiated. The Samurai Magazine (note: this is the martial arts magazine where this interview first appeared) presents the longest interview that he has ever given. In it, Tamura Sensei recollects memories and reflects on a lifetime of practice. Meet the legendary master with a piercing stare and an excellent sense of humor… ... More

History Of Aikido

Nowadays, the word aikido is well-known throughout the world. The founder of this budo art was Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969). Born in what is now modern-day Wakayama Prefecture, Morihei commenced studying a number of different martial art systems from 1897. According to surviving records, he learned various jujutsu styles ... More

Concepts and Techniques of Aikido

Morihei explained how the "Way of ai-ki" evolved, and how his ideals were distinctive from other martial interpretations. "I have studied many systems of combat until now including Yagyu-ryu, Shin'yo-ryu, Kito-ryu, Daito-ryu. and the Shinkage-ryu. However, aikido is not an amalgamation of these." Although the term ai-ki is ... More