Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kisshomaru shihonage

Looking for something else, I came across this 1957 video of Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the Founder's son, doing a demonstration of some very nice aikido.  The first three minutes are shihonage - watch how nicely Doshu synchs with uke's ups and downs!  You can really start to see it at about 1:30.
It almost looks like he is throwing uke up in the air and turning under him as uke becomes weightless.  Profoundly nice.  Something to work on for a year or ten...
Also of interest, look how much the preparatory exercises he does for the first few seconds look like Tomiki's old taiso videos.

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Patrick Parker
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