Two and 1/2 hours of action-filled lecture demonstrations by six top aikido experts: Yasuo Kobayashi, Mitsugi Saotome, Kanshu Sunadomari, Yoshio Kuroiwa, Shoji Nishio and Morihiro Saito. One of the most famous aikido events ever held! Complete English voiceover of Japanese commentary + extra bonus footage.
Five bonus films!
Yasuo Kobayashi at 1989 demonstration: This clip contains Kobayashi Sensei's fine performance at the huge demonstration held in Tokyo in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Kobayashi Dojos.
Mitsugi Saotome at 1989 demonstration: Saotome Sensei and a group of his top instructors from the USA perform in this exciting video clip that features both taijutsu and weapons techniques. This video was also taken at the 20th Anniversary Demonstration of Kobayashi Dojos.
1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration: In addition, part two includes a special film feature at the conclusion of the Friendship Demonstration. We have located and remasterd an old 8mm film of the 1973 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration taken 30 years ago. Here is the lineup of famous names appearing in the film: Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Shoji Nishio, Hiroshi Tada, Kisaburo Osawa, Sadateru Arikawa, Mitsugi Saotome, Seigo Yamaguchi, and Koichi Tohei. This is a rare opportunity to see many aikido greats--some already departed--in their primes.
Two bonus films of Morihiro Saito: the first film is a compilation of scenes taken by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin of Morihiro Saito in the summer of 1969 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. In this never-before-seen film, you will experience first-hand the great teaching skills of Saito Sensei at his peak. It is not well-known, but Saito Sensei taught at the Hombu Dojo for nearly ten years.
The second film captures the performance of Saito Sensei at the 1978 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. His demonstration consisted entirely of iriminage techniques. Saito Sensei's performance here showcases the power and precision of Iwama Aikido.