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Iwama Aikido Demonstrations
by members of the ‘Iwama Aikido Deshi Society’
Iwama Aikido is a style of Aikido that originated in Iwama Japan. When Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei) retired to Iwama after WWII, he started refining all the martial arts that he mastered.
Osensei fused the ken, jo and Taijutsu together. Saito Morihiro Sensei a native of Iwama was there during these years of refinement. The result, traditional Aikido was born.
There are Iwama Uchideshi stories that says, the shift from Aikibudo to Aikijujutsu to Aikido happened during Osensei’s Iwama years.
Other schools call the Aikido they do as ‘Iwama Style’ or ‘Takemusu Aikido’. Most Iwama practitioners would actually call call their Aikido ‘Iwama Ryu’.
The Aikido is powerful and done with a full grip. There is a strong emphasis on Kihon (Basic and Solid) training.
Dai Shomen Uchi as an Atemi is strongly present in a lot of the techniques. The Iwama Ryu practitioner can strategically use his Aikido for ‘offense’ or ‘defence’.
Because the curriculum has more than 50% Bukiwaza, the Iwama Aikidoka has a loud and powerful kiai.
Iwama Ryu is also known for the Aikido Bukiwaza ‘Aiki Ken’ and ‘Aiki Jo’.
‘Iwama Aikido Deshi Society‘ is a society of old and current uchideshi that lived and trained Aikido ‘Samurai Styled boot camp’ in Iwama.
It is one of the biggest master mind groups of Iwama Aikido practitioners around the world. Other students (Soto Deshi) of Iwama Aikido around the world are also members of the exclusive society.
Iwama Aikido is also known as ‘Iwama Style‘ but to the Iwama Aikido Deshi (student) the Aikido being practiced is known as Iwama Ryu Aikido.
Here are some of their videos.
Yasuhiro Saito Sensei and Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei
10 Year Anniversary of Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai
Sergey Utrobin Sensei
Sergey Utrobin demonstrates Iwama Aikido in the Dubrovka Dojo in Moscow
Daniel Toutain Sensei
Toutain Sensei is the head of the Iwama Ryu International Academy France
Said Sebbagh Sensei
Iwama Ryu Budo Algeria
Ulf Evenas Sensei (Sweden)
Ulf Evenas Sensei demonstrates with Fredrik Snell Sensei
Maestro Alessandro Tittarelli
The BIG Man of Iwama Aikido Italy
Tristao Da Cunha Sensei (Portugal)
Iwama Aikido 3 and 5 Kumi Jo
Stephanie Yap Sensei (USA) and Kaspar Jensen Sensei (Denmark)
10 Kumi Jo by Stephanie Yap Sensei and Kaspar Jensen Sensei at the Bamboo Forest in Iwama
Kenny Sembokuya Sensei (Japan)
Iwama Shin Shin Shurenkai
Ethan Weisgard Sensei (Denmark)
Ethan Weisgard Dojo Cho of Copenhagen Aiki Shuren Dojo
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