An incredible technical reference containing more than 430 techniques!


Morihiro Saito on Katadori Ikkyo: Always Back to Basics!

Everyone progress differently in aikido. Sometimes revisiting the same technique in class, in a book or video with more maturity suddenly leads to a breakthrough. As they say, "The Devil is in the Details!"

The most complete book reference covering the Takemusu Aikido technical curriculum perfected by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba in Iwama in the postwar era!

Takemusu Aikido: Background & Basics, is the first of Morihiro Saito’s final series of Aikido technical manuals. Saito Sensei presents more than sixty variations of ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo, and yonkyo techniques, the most essential of the art’s basic forms. Illustrated with over 600 photographs and accompanied by detailed step-by-step explanations, Background & Basics provides an indispensable guide for both beginning and advanced practitioners. Bilingual, Japanese and English.

66 techniques: Exercises (3 techniques), Ikkyo (16 techniques), Nikyo (23 techniques), Sankyo (17 techniques), Yonkyo (7 techniques)

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Takemusu Aikido: More Basics, is the second of the comprehensive technical series authored by Morihiro Saito presenting the aikido of Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. This manual covers in exhaustive detail 76 techniques from the following series of basics: shihonage, kotegaeshi, and iriminage. Volume 2 is published in bilingual format (Japanese-English) and provides clear, step-by-step explanations of each technique featuring over 700 illustrations.

76 techniques: Shihonage (32 techniques), Kotegaeshi (21 techniques), Iriminage (24 techniques)

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Takemusu Aikido: Basics Concluded is the third volume of this comprehensive series by Morihiro Saito Sensei covering the aikido of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Volume 3 presents the following series of techniques: koshinage, tenchinage, kaitennage, morotedori kokyuho, suwariwaza kokyuho, and jujinage. This work is profusely illustrated with more than 500 photos and includes detailed, step-by-step explanations of each technique. Bilingual, Japanese and English.

56 techniques: Kaitennage (7 techniques), Koshinage (33 techniques), Tenchinage (3 techniques), Jujinage (4 techniques), Suwariwaza kokyuho (5 techniques) Morotedori kokyuho (4 techniques)

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Takemusu Aikido, Volume 4: Kokyunage is the fourth volume of a comprehensive technical series by Morihiro Saito Sensei presenting the aikido of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba, as taught in Iwama, Ibaragi Prefecture following World War II. This manual presents nearly 80 variations of kokyunage, among the most important techniques in the aikido curriculum. Bilingual, Japanese and English.

78 techniques: shomenuchi (5 techniques), yokomenuchi (7 techniques), katatedori (11 techniques), ryotedori (8 techniques), morotedori (6 techniques), sodeguchidori (3 techniques), sodedori (2 techniques), munadori (5 techniques), katadori (2 techniques), tsuki (9 techniques), kosadori (3 techniques), ryoerijime (3 techniques), ushiro attacks (14 techniques)

This volume entitled Takemusu Aikido: Bukidori & Ninindori is the fifth of the comprehensive series by Morihiro Saito presenting the aikido techniques of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Volume 5 covers the following series of techniques: tachidori, jodori, jonage, tankendori and ninindori. This work is profusely illustrated with more than 450 photos and includes detailed, step-by-step explanations and commentary on each technique.

60 techniques: Tachidori (13 techniques), Jodori (13 techniques), Jonage (10 techniques), Tankendori (12 techniques), Ninindori (12 techniques)

Takemusu Aikido Special Edition presents an historical overview of the Founder’s aikido techniques from the time of the mid-1930s through the Iwama period following World War II. It is based on technical material contained in the manual entitled Budo published in 1938 by Morihei Ueshiba supplemented by detailed commentary by Morihiro Saito Shihan. The technical material in this volume includes preparatory exercises, basic techniques, knife (tantodori), and sword-taking techniques (tachidori), sword vs. sword forms (ken tai ken), mock-bayonet (juken) techniques, and finishing exercises (shumatsu dosa)

50 techniques: Exercises (10 techniques), Shomenuchi (6 techniques), Yokomenuchi (5 techniques), Ryotedori (3 techniques), Ushirowaza (5 techniques), Ken (10 techniques), Tankenwaza (3 techniques), Juken • Yari (6 techniques), Suwariwaza (4 techniques)

This is the first of two technical volumes produced by Morihiro Saito Sensei in collaboration with Aiki News (precursor of Aikido Journal) based on a series of several hundred black and white photos shot inside the Iwama Dojo. Takemusu Aiki: Katatedori was published in 1979 and contains 22 techniques, all from katatedori, the single-hand grab. Saito Sensei was known for his ability to organize and breakdown techniques into easily learnable components This skill is evident in this manual as he guides readers step by step through the execution of techniques. For several of the techniques, the basic movement is accompanied by a progression to henkawaza (variations), and oyowaza (applied techniques).

22 katatedori techniques

This rare technical manual originally published in 1981 contains a detailed treatise on the koshinage or hip thow techniques of aikido. A total of 26 koshinage are presented with sequential photos accompanied by both English and Japanese explanations. This volume is the most complete compendium available on this portion of the aikido curriculum by one of the art’s most famous masters. At the time of the publication of Takemusu Aiki: Koshinage, Saito Sensei was 50 years old and in his physical prime. This manual is based on photos taken in the late 1970s inside the Iwama Dojo that record many aikido techniques, both basic and advanced. Some of the technical sequences from this collection of photos were published during this time frame in bilingual format in Aiki News.

26 koshinage techniques

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