This 6 DVD set is the authoritative biography on DVD of Morihei Ueshiba - the founder of Aikido.
DVD 1: Aiki Budo
This exciting DVD showcases the prewar Aiki Budo of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido. The program begins with a documentary written and produced by Aikido Journal Editor-in-chief Stanley Pranin that traces the life of the Founder from his boyhood in Tanabe through his retirement to Iwama in 1942. Morihei's early martial arts training, his study of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu under the famous Sokaku Takeda, his involvement with the Omoto religious sect led by Onisaburo Deguchi, and a history of Ueshiba?s Kobukan Dojo are presented.
DVD 2: Takemusu Aiki
Since O-Sensei was stil vigorous in his early 70s, the quality of the action scenes in these historical films is at times astounding. Many people overlook the fact that Morihei Ueshiba's aikido is the starting point of all modern forms of the art. Also, most consider his skills to be unsurpassed by anyone to date.
DVD 3: Rendez-vous with Adventure
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.
DVD 4: Way of Harmony
"Way of Harmony" includes marvelous displays of the founder of Aikido's seated and standing techniques, kokyunage, sword and staff arts and freee style techniques. It also includes highlights of O-Senei's trip to Hawaii in 1961 where he displays his misogi jo kata and original sword work.
DVD 5: Divine Techniques
This is the fifth DVD of Aikido Journal’s definitive DVD series on the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. “Divine Techniques” is comprised of a collection of 12 films of O-Sensei—several of them in color—from the period of 1962 to shortly before his death in 1969. It also includes a heretofore unpublished audio recording of the Founder’s voice.
DVD 6: Founder of Aikido
This DVD featuring O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba is an amazing historical document consisting of two parts. The first section is the uncut version of a Japanese tv documentary titled "Aikido" produced in 1961. This film focuses on the life and techniques of Morihei Ueshiba and was shot on location in Iwama and Tokyo. Part two of this DVD presents a fascinating 15-minute radio interview with the Founder. Great care was taken in inserting over 200 subtitles to allow you to follow along with each and every word spoken by the Founder.