This DVD presents the full, uncut version of a fascinating U.S. television documentary on aikido produced in 1958. It follows the adventures of an American tv crew who first cover the opening of the majestic Tokyo Tower with all its pomp and ceremony. Next, they pay a visit to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo to find out what aikido is all about.
There they meet famous Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his son Kisshomaru, and Koichi Tohei. Two members of the crew don training uniforms and try the art out for themselves often with humorous results. An unforgettable scene is the “challenge” by one of the sceptical journalists handled by Koichi Tohei. Another highlight of this film is the interview of O-Sensei with Koichi Tohei acting as interpreter. You will hear the Founder’s actual voice and watch him intone a haunting Shinto chant. The exciting finale features a special demonstration by O-Sensei of taijutsu, aiki ken, aiki jo and multiple attacks. Nobuyoshi Tamura and Yasuo Kobayashi are among those taking falls for the Founder. Incredible action!
This program also features a first-of-its-kind documentary tracing the evolution and dissemination of aikido both in Japan and abroad following World War II. The presentation includes some 250 historical photos of many of the legends of aikido whose efforts led to the international spread of the art beyond its birthplace of Japan. Written and narrated by Stanley Pranin.