The Who, Why, What, When, Where of Aikido!

Get up to speed about Aikido Founder

Morihei Ueshiba and his genial creation!

Who will most benefit from the Aikido-centric material gathered together here?  Perhaps someone like you...

  • Discover the relevance of the Founder's experience in creating aikido to your struggles in today's world.
  • You will become a walking dictionary of aikido and your doubts about the history and essence of the art will be dispelled.
  • There is no other resource on aikido of this depth or scope. Years worth of study about the art's most important figures await you!

What do you know about Aikido’s fascinating, yet little revealed past?

“There is a prickly problem confronting those who attempt to inform themselves about the origins of aikido!”

Have you ever been asked a question about Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei or Aikido’s history, and been unable to come up with a good answer? 

This describes the majority of practitioners who are unable to speak with confidence about how the art was founded, or its theory and principles.

For example, can you answer the following basic questions?

  • Who was the Founder of Aikido and when did he live?
  • When was the art created?
  • How is aikido different from other popular martial arts?
  • What are the main styles of aikido and their differences?
  • How and when was aikido spread internationally?

You would be surprised at how many practitioners are ignorant of these basic facts!

Not knowing the answers to such questions wouldn’t matter so much if you were a beginner in the art, but what if you are an instructor… or more importantly, if you operate a dojo?

In this case, an ignorance of aikido’s roots and development could be affecting your career and livelihood!

Prospective students want to know that the instructors they entrust their training to know their craft well… It’s a reasonable expectation, wouldn’t you agree?

But there is a prickly problem confronting those who attempt to inform themselves about the origins of aikido…

You see, early histories of the art have played fast and loose with the facts… so anyone wanting to research aikido’s background has to wade through a landmine of questionable information!

But it’s not just that there is a lot of erroneous information out there…

There is the major problem of the glaring omissions, and attempts to downplay people and events that have played a significant role in shaping aikido’s evolution.

How can one gain a clear understanding of the art’s intended purpose based on distorted information?

Let's look at a few names and see what happened...

Are you familiar with these historical figures who were students of Founder Morihei Ueshiba and made major contributions to the development of aikido?

Sokaku Takeda (1859-1943), whose Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu techniques stand as the basis of modern aikido, was the main jujutsu teacher of Morihei Ueshiba. Sokaku’s role has been minimized to suggest that Daito-ryu was merely one of seaveral martial arts that the Founder studied rather than the single most important influence.

Yoichiro (Noriaki) Inoue (1902-1994), was a nephew of Morihei Ueshiba, who closely assisted the Founder for more than two decades. Inoue was perhaps the most skilled student of Morihei Ueshiba during the early development of his uncle’s art. Inoue has essentially been deleted from aikido history. Do you even know his name?

Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979), began training in 1926, and became one of the most important figures of the prewar era. Tomiki fell into disfavor with the Aikikai in 1958 when he devised a competitive form of aikido. In Aikikai circles his name is seldom mentioned.

Kiyoshi Nakakura (1910-2000), was a famous swordsman, who married Morihei Ueshiba’s daughter in 1932. Nakakura, then known as “Morihiro Ueshiba,” became O-Sensei’s designated successor through this marriage. However, Nakakura left Morihei’s Kobukan Dojo in 1937, and returned to the kendo world. Nakakura’s story and how he was being groomed to succeed Morihei Ueshiba are today known by only few aikido practitioners.

Koichi Tohei (1921-2011), began training in 1940, and went on to become chief instructor of the Aikikai after the war. Tohei resigned from the headquarters dojo in 1974 to head the Ki no Kenkyukai school he had founded which emphasized his principles of ki energy. His huge contributions are no longer mentioned in Aikikai publications.

Morihiro Saito (1928-2002), began training in 1946, and became one of Morihei’s closest students in Iwama. Saito’s mastery of the aikido curriculum made him one of the best-known of the postwar Aikikai instructors. His preeminent role spanning decades at the Iwama Dojo has been deleted from Aikikai historical accounts.

Having read what we have just stated, what do you think about such treatment of these historical figures?

Look at it another way... What would your reaction be if an instructor taught you techniques that proved ineffective? They simply didn't work against a strong opponent.. I think I would be upset! In fact, it has happened during my career in aikido!

Then, how would you react to someone who falsely or incompletely described to you important events of aikido history whether it be out of ignorance or to deliberately mislead you?

I don't know about you, but I would be angry and frustrated... And yes, this happened to me many times during my years researching in Japan.

What is the antidote for this lamentable distortion of the magnificent history of aikido?

The best way of reversing this sad trend is to make readily available to any serious Aikido devotee the necessary documents to learn the unvarnished history of the art. The Aikido Journal Back Issue Package accomplishes just that.

You will receive pdf editions of each of the Aiki News / Aikido Journal Back Issues, a total of 119 magazines comprising about 4,300 pages! This is the largest and most reliable source of information on the history of aikido and the life of Founder Morihei Ueshiba!

Imagine being able to access well researched articles on virtually any aikido-related subject. In fact, check out the footnotes on source materials used for many Wikipedia topics dealing with aikido history or famous figures . In most cases, Aikido Journal and Stanley Pranin are listed as sources for these entries. This is not a coincidence.

Today, researchers and persons interested in these subjects have a vast body of material to consult. With the Aikido Journal Back Issue Package you will personally own most of this material and be able to access it instantly on or off line at your convenience.

But there's more... We don't want you to run out of reading material! So we are adding to the package three books by Stanley Pranin that are among the most important texts on Aikido ever published!

Your bonus gifts will open your eyes and further deepen your understanding of Aikido's extraordinary origins!

Stanley Pranin's Aikido Pioneers: Prewar Era is the authoritative volume on Aikido history containing 20 interviews with direct students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Free pdf edition!

 Daito-ryu aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters is the first book in any language to explore the life of legendary Sokaku Takeda, teacher of Morihei Ueshiba and the principal influence on modern aikido technique. Free pdf edition!

Stanley Pranin’s 1991 book titled The Aiki News Encyclopedia of Aikido is a one-of-a-kind aikido reference work containing a cornucopia of essential information about every aspect of the art. Free pdf edition!

Oops! We left something important out. We will also give you access to an audio recording of Stanley Pranin's most detailed historical lecture ever on Aikido with over 4 hours of in-depth content. Get informed while you drive or exercise!

What the Aikido Journal Back Issue Package does for you...

This is your opportunity to fill the gaps in your understanding of the experience of Morihei Ueshiba in founding Aikido. Some of the most fascinating aspects of the Founder's life have been concealed from the public due to political agendas. Many of the stories you have heard or read are incomplete and misleading or demonstrably false. The duplicity surrounding these historical events has stalled the growth of the art and impeded the ability of sincere practitioners like yourself to grasp the true nature of Aikido as espoused by its Founder.

Don't underrate your important role in helping to spread O-Sensei's mission and the rich technical content that was his legacy. The abundance of carefully research material contained in the Aikido Journal Back Issue Package is what you need to be confident in transmitting the Founder's teachings accurately to the present generation of aikido practitioners. Accept personal responsibility for becoming informed in all aspects of aikido starting now!

What some nice folks have to say about our work at Aikido Journal...

"As I grow in the art, the preservation of the history of aikido as exemplified in its numerous progenitors’ and practitioners’ lives, writings, interviews, and preserved visual media, for which you are virtually singlehandedly responsible, becomes increasingly important to my studies and my practice. I can’t thank you enough, Stan, for your efforts!"

- David Buhner 

"I am grateful beyond description for your unwavering efforts to make in-depth knowledge of aikido available to all of us worldwide! Your fearless integrity also in the face of politically established “truths” is a priceless gift to all of us, and in my humble opinion, we aikidoka around the globe must recognize the truly remarkable efforts of disseminating aikido teachings worldwide, performed by four outstanding individuals, each in his own irreplaceable way: Saito Sensei, Tohei Sensei, Kisshomaru Doshu – and yourself!"

- Christian A. Stewart-Ferrer 

"From those early days of Aiki News to the present format of Aikido Journal, what has remained constant is your integrity and your sincerity … your “makoto”. The thoroughness of your research and analysis of all the historical and contemporary sources is, well, unique. No one else has attempted to do what you have done … much less with the quality and concern for accuracy that you have shown. A special acknowledgement to you for the way you have delved so deeply into the roots of O’Sensei’s Art from the martial (Daito Ryu) and the philosophical / spiritual (Omotokyo). Without an awareness of, and appreciation for both of these sources, one cannot hope to grasp the astounding creativity of the man we revere as O’Sensei and the Path he illuminated."

- David Brown 

What You’ll Get in the Aikido Journal Back Issues Package...

119 issues of Aiki News / Aikido Journal published over a 26-year period in pdf format. Approximately 4,300 pages, the magazines come with an easy-to-navigate index with complete content listings. Individual issues may be viewed online or downloaded.

The 20 interviews contained in Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era have been meticulously edited from hundreds of hours of conversations conducted over a 30-year period with those closest to the Founder. These early devotees of the art offer an insightful portrayal of the character of the Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and a detailed description of his teaching and activities, spanning nearly half a century. More than 100 photos, many published for the first time, add an important visual dimension to the testimonies of the interviewees. This massive 364-page tome is an essential volume for those desiring to discover the roots of Aikido, a true cultural treasure of Japan. Aikido Pioneers can be viewed as a pdf online or downloaded to your device.

Sokaku Takeda was one of the outstanding figures of 20th century Japanese martial arts. For over fifty years he taught his art of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu to nearly thirty thousand students, including Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Today, Daito-ryu is perhaps the best known of the Japanese jujutsu styles, but there has been surprisingly little information in print in any language on this fascinating and complex art. Daito-ryu aikijujutsu: Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters is the first book to explore the life of Takeda, the history of his art, and the techniques that are practiced in Daito-ryu today. Conversations is viewable as a pdf online or downloaded to your device.

Stanley Pranin’s book titled The Aiki News Encyclopedia of Aikido is now a collector's item. This work, long out of print, is a one-of-a-kind aikido reference containing a cornucopia of essential information about every aspect of the art. In it, you will find hundreds of biographies of aikido personalities, rare photos, addresses, definitions of specialized terms, a bibliography of books, even capsule histories of the art for the world’s major countries up to the time of the publication of the book. The Encyclopedia can be viewed as a pdf online or downloaded to your computing device.

Stanley Pranin gave an all-day lecture on aikido history at Aikido of Oakland in 19?? The talk presented an overview of the life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, the role of Sokaku Takeda's Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu as the most important technical influence on aikido, and the importance of Onisaburo Deguchi as O-Sensei's spiritual mentor. The recording totals about 4 1/2 hours and covers the life of the Founder and the emergence of aikido as a major Japanese martial art. The lecture consists of mp3 files that may be listened to online or downloaded.

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This is the time of year when we make resolutions to improve our lives in some way. The fact that you are reading this text right now suggests that you share a deep interest in Aikido and its Founder. You see the art as an important tool to better your life . Doesn't it make sense that for something this significant you would want to take the step to gain a clear vision of how Aikido came to be and what the Founder's legacy means to us today? Now is the best time to take this life-transforming step!

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