Morihiro Saito’s Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo

Bequeathed by the Founder

These are the aikido sword and staff forms taught by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba spent many years studying these weapons — called the Aiki Ken and Jo — at his country retreat in Iwama during and after World War II.

Saito lived in Iwama and devoted himself to aikido training at the side of Ueshiba Sensei for over 20 years. Due to the severe conditions existing after the war, the Founder had few students during this period. As fate would have it, the responsibility for preserving, systematizing, and disseminating Morihei Ueshiba’s weapons practices fell to Saito Sensei.

These videos are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Saito Sensei’s Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo courses are now available on Aikido Journal TV.

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Aiki-Ken >

Aiki-Jo: Part 1 >

Aiki-Jo: Part 2 >

Josh Gold

I am Executive Editor of Aikido Journal and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo. I began my aikido journey in 1991 under Haruo Matsuoka and am honored to have been his direct disciple for the last 26 years.

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