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Yoseikan Sogo Budo by Minoru Mochizuki DVD 1

Yoseikan Sogo Budo by Minoru Mochizuki DVD 1

Product Review (submitted on March 30, 2008):

This video is an excellent document of Yoseikan Budo as it was practised and taught by Mochizuki Minoru in the 1980s.

Highly ranked teachers under Mochizuki Auge, Washizu, Tezuka and Kenmotsu are all in evidence demonstrating this unique art which blurs the line between, aikido, judo and traditional jujutsu.

The twin influences of Kyuzo Mifune and Morihei Ueshiba seem strongly prsent here and I can't see someone interested in the roots of aikido or judo not being fascinated by the various kata and free form practise in evidence here.

The filming is quite clear and is followed by slow motion closer views of each technique. Though entirely in Japanese you will not feel the lack as most of this video is made of showing the physical curriculum of the Yoseikan at that time.

This video shows the fundamentals upon which the art is based and there is also a second DVD which shows more advanced techniques and free form applications. Still there are many complex techniques shown here and many of the famous sutemi waza the school is known for are displayed.