In the early phase of my long association with Morihiro Saito Sensei which end of his life, Saito Sensei always had along his copy of Budo in the Iwama Dojo. Here again, as usual, Saito Sensei refers to his master, Morihei Ueshiba. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido.

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Go outside and let the sparrows fall from the trees! Usually people who talk a lot and write good essays cannot also do good aikido. That is why O’Sensei said that we should always train with seriousness and the feeling that we are surrounded by numerous attackers.

Anyone can practiceunderstand, and reason with it. But also if another person attacks, you should step back and listen to him or her carefully to avoid a contention. Or when the other one is a restraint person, you should spur on and encourage them. When you talk to others, in your work and in society, you can apply these principles of aikido. In true budo, you do not express yourself in words or writing. There are many aikido masters, but only a few who had a lot of teaching from O’Sensei himself.

Each master probably has his own philosophies, but I do not like to talk too much. He said the former aikido was not the “true” aikido.

It may not be incorrect aikido, but this is what O’Sensei said. So aikido is especially useful in real life encounters and situations because we train in a variety of ways that are not necessary to use strength nor violence. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido, a beautiful world that is like the house of a big family; to never compete again.


Some learn with their minds by listening, while others learn with their bodies by watching. Dojo cho Aiki Dojo:: Site Map Contact us Printable format. It is not a martial art only for strong or fit people.

Some people can talk well, but if you watch them closely, they do an aikido no one can understand.

It is necessary to learn these basics in their correct order saitk be able to understand the real aikido. It is better not to talk too much, but to learn with the body.

Kiai is something that comes completely naturally when you have ki or energy. And saaito Takemusu Aikido was created. Therefore, for every technique, there is a basic form.

Interview with SAITO Sensei

Even as number one in Japan in kendo, if he or she puts on a judogi and is thrown by a student, he or she is a Kendoka and not a Budoka. This never stops, it is infinite like a spring.

I think that every martial art is rational; however, for bud this is especially true. Each of them is contained in the whole. This budl why you should not clash or collide and get into a conflict, but instead go with the movements of another.

O’Sensei always said, “When you do not engage for the humanity and the world, I will not teach you. It is important to make kiai. The original page is at www.

It comes by itself. It is not powerful swito has no energy. When O’Sensei started to talk about aikido, it became tales about God.

The day I was forced to apologize to Morihiro Saito Sensei by Stanley Pranin

Training without kiai does not make big progress. But such a philosophical perspective is also important. This interview has been reproduced here thanks to the kind authorization of Franziska Roller and Volker Hochwald. With a big kiai, a training is full of energy. That means without competition. That is why almost every master often says to their students, “When you enter the working world, you shall use the principles of aikido; you shall use aikido in society.


It will be welcome. Make a bigger kiai! Some people say buddo is a collection of techniques, but that is not true.

In order to keep his sairo art alive, from that moment on he started to enthusiastically explore Aikido in Iwama by worshipping the Budo Guardian Spirits and praying every morning and evening. He said that you should shout from the abdomen.

Interview with SAITO Sensei – Iwama Ryu Aikido

Through aikido, human beings can become good people finding greatness coming from within. That is why it is better to shout out loud. That is why in aikido, even if the principle of the sword is formative, all the movements in the body techniques, as well as in the weapons techniques, are entirely similar.

There are so many techniques of self-defense without violence. We’ll find inhere, several quotations from the founder That means sometimes pulling when he or she pushes and pushing when he or she pulls which is also a form of awase.

The day I was forced to apologize to Morihiro Saito Sensei by Stanley Pranin

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