the videos

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Essential Teachings of Aikido - Volume One
Hikitsuchi Sensei teaches how to practice what he calls "instantaneous aiki," grounded in the principles of "never looking, never waiting, never fighting."

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Essential Teachings of Aikido - Volume Two
Hikitsuchi Sensei teaches "kihon waza", the fundamental kneeling and standing techniques of Aikido, making the explicit connection between inner attitude and outward form.

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The heart of Aikido (1 volume only)
Hikitsuchi Sensei shows how the movements of Aikido are rooted in the workings of the sword and the staff. For the first time on video, Hikitsuchi Sensei demonstrates the "aiki bojutsu" he learned from Osensei and reveals to the world "The Scroll of True Victory." This one-of-a-kind scroll was written in Ueshiba Morihei's own hand and was personally presented by him to Hikitsuchi Michio in August 1957.

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Heart of Aikido
Hikitsuchi Michio Sensei has turned to video to communicate to as many people as possible the essential core of Aikido as he learned it directly from Ueshiba Osensei. More than half of the tape is devoted to demonstration of numerous Aikido techniques.

The program is also autobiographical - a personal recollection of the history of Aikido in the remote Kumano region of Japan where Aikido was first practiced. You will accompany Hikitsuchi Sensei and senior instructors from the Shingu dojo as they visit Osensei's grave to pray. You will follow them as they continue Osensei's lifelong practice of pilgrimage to the ancient mountain shrines of Kumano. The overall effect is to bring you closer to the traditional heart of Aikido.


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