Noriaki Inoue: Documentary and Demo

This video contains a documentary and fascinating technical footage of Noriaki Inoue, a nephew of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and a man of tremendous importance to the early history of aikido. Inoue was raised during a part of his youth in the Ueshiba household. He was in Hokkaido at the time Morihei Ueshiba met Sokaku Takeda, and became a member of the Omoto church just prior to his famous uncle. Inoue also collaborated with the Founder during the early years in Tokyo and Osaka and played a significant role in the early spread of Aiki Budo in Japan.

The technical content of these films is fascinating. There is a strong flavor of prewar aikido, yet with a smooth, modern edge.

A viewing of this footage will suggest to today’s practitioners that many aikido techniques from an earlier age have been forgotten, thus somewhat diluting our technical legacy.

Serious practitioners of the art will dig in, and study these films in every technical detail, to glean insights that will benefit them in their own practice.

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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 27 years.

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