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In the early phase of my long association with Morihiro Saito Sensei which end of his life, Saito Sensei always had along his copy of Budo in the Iwama Dojo. Here again, as usual, Saito Sensei refers to his master, Morihei Ueshiba. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido.

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Aikido is a martial art. That means sometimes pulling when he or she pushes and pushing when he or she pulls which is also a form of awase. O’Sensei would answer the question, “What is Aikido? That is why weapon techniques are indispensable in aikido. It is sairo to learn these basics in their correct order to be able to understand the real aikido.

This interview has been reproduced here thanks to the kind authorization of Franziska Roller and Volker Hochwald.

That is why it is better to shout out loud. O’Sensei The Founder says, “This is not good. In the first place, and mainly, aikido’s use in everyday life is to develop awasei.

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In Takemusu Aikidobit by bit, new techniques appear spontaneously. It is true that people are different.

But the Founder always said, “If you show someone the way, you first have to do it yourself, demonstrate and show it. But also if another person attacks, you should step back and listen to him or her carefully to avoid a contention.


That is why O’Sensei said that we should always train with seriousness and the feeling that we are surrounded by numerous attackers.

Some people can talk well, but if you watch them closely, they do an aikido no one can understand. I think that every martial art is rational; however, for aikido this is especially true. Besides that, this martial art is completely rational.

The original page is at www. We’ll find inhere, several quotations from the founder Therefore, for every technique, there is a basic form. Indeed in martial arts a big kiai is a sign of good energy. Go outside and let the sparrows fall from the trees! In bydo budo, you do not express yourself in words or writing.

Interview with SAITO Sensei – Iwama Ryu Aikido

When you talk to others, in your work and in society, you can apply these principles of aikido. With a big kiai, a training is full of energy. It will be welcome. The Founder wrote a poem that says, “This beautiful form of heaven and earth is a single family created by the guardian spirit. In this way, bido can use aikido budk many things. This is why you should not clash or collide and get into a conflict, but instead go with the movements of another. But such a philosophical perspective is also important.


Interview with SAITO Sensei

No matter which of the three you take out, bokken, jo, or taijutsu, alone it is not complete aikido. This is the feeling of aikido.

It is not their fault because they were not taught by The Founder himself. Some learn with their minds by listening, while others learn with their bodies by watching. Kiai is something that comes completely naturally when you have ki or energy. Each master probably has his bud philosophies, but I do not like to talk too much.

They are a part of it.

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He said that you should shout from the abdomen. Training without kiai does not make big progress.

If it should happen that you are confronted with a real situation where you have to defend yourself physically, the way you have trained in aikido is more useful than competitions.

That is why bydo aikido, even if the principle of the sword is formative, all the movements in the body techniques, as well as in the weapons techniques, are entirely similar.