The DVD chronicles "the history of Aikido and how it relates to the New York Aikikai including vintage films and phototgraphs of the original dojo and its early members, as well as never before seen footage of Yamada sensei and Sugano sensei."
This full length, three part video, filmed on location at the NEW YORK AIKIKAI, for the first time ever, documents the past, present and future of this place, which, after its foundation in 1964, has grown to become one of the most popular and respected Dojos to practice the Japanese martial art of Aikido in accordance with the principles of its founder Morihei Ueshiba.
PAST: Learn about the history of Aikido and how it relates to the NEW YORK AIKIKAI as you enjoy the rare black and white vintage films and photographs of the original dojo and it’s early members, as well as never before seen footage of Yamada Sensei and Sugano Sensei at different points in their careers.
PRESENT: The second part features detailed demonstrations of a wide variety of hand and weapon techniques as they happen every day at NEW YORK AIKIKAI. Here you can see Sugano Sensei, Yamada Sensei, Harvey Konigsberg Sensei, Donovan Waite Sensei and all the main instructors of the Dojo. This is an important training aid for beginners and advanced students alike, as something new will be discovered every time you watch.
FUTURE: What does the future hold for the NEW YORK AIKIKAI? Listen to what the protagonists have to say in personal interviews with both Shihan and instructors.
Experience this moment in the history of THE NEW YORK AIKIKAI; it's instructors, deshi, students, the intensity of the training and of course the influence and teachings of the two Shihan: Sugano Sensei and Yamada Sensei.
The DVD includes demonstration and interviews with:
-Yamada Sensei: All Japan Demo 1986
-Sugano Sensei: Florida seminar (late 80's)
-Yamada Sensei: TV interview