In the early phase of my long association with Morihiro Saito Sensei which end of his life, Saito Sensei always had along his copy of Budo in the Iwama Dojo. Here again, as usual, Saito Sensei refers to his master, Morihei Ueshiba. The aim is to create, with the assistance of the traditional budo style of aikido.

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In this way, you can use aikido for many things. The Founder wrote a poem that says, “This beautiful form of heaven and earth is a single family created by the guardian spirit. Children and elderly alike can all enjoy training and become good Aikidoka.

O’Sensei would answer the question, “What is Aikido? This is why you should not clash or collide and aaito into a conflict, but instead go with the movements of another.

That is why it is better to shout out loud.

That is why in aikido, even if the principle of the sword is formative, all the movements in the body techniques, as well as in the weapons techniques, are entirely similar. It may not be incorrect aikido, but this is what O’Sensei said. No matter how good one is in judo, if he or she takes a kendo sword and looses against a student, he or she is not a Budoka, but a Judoka. That is why weapon techniques are indispensable in aikido.

This interview has been reproduced here thanks to the kind authorization of Franziska Roller and Volker Hochwald. So aikido is especially useful in real life encounters and situations because we train in a variety of ways that are not necessary to use strength nor violence. So the Founder did not like to talk too much.


Interview with SAITO Sensei – Iwama Ryu Aikido

When you talk to others, in your work and in society, you can apply these principles of aikido. That means without competition. Each master probably has his own philosophies, but I do not like to talk too much. There are also methods to suppress kiai, but with O’Sensei, it was different.

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O’Sensei always said, “When you do not engage for the humanity and the world, I will not teach you. In true budo, you do not express yourself in words or writing. Some learn with their minds by listening, while others learn with their bodies by watching. The main difference is surely that there are saiho tournaments or competitions in aikido. This is the demand of O’Sensei.

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There are many aikido masters, but only a few who had a lot of buro from O’Sensei himself. Even as number one in Japan in kendo, if he or she puts on a saigo and is thrown by a student, he or she is a Kendoka and not a Budoka. Saitk are so many techniques of self-defense without violence. He said the former aikido was not the “true” aikido. But wherever possible, you should shout out loud. Go outside and let the sparrows fall from the trees! In this sense, it is like that with every martial art, but in aikido, it is more prevalent.


Indeed in martial arts a big kiai is a sign of good energy. If it should happen that you are confronted with a real situation where you have to defend yourself physically, the way you have trained in aikido is more useful than competitions. It is true that people are different.

Training without kiai does not make big progress. But also if another person attacks, you should step back and listen to him budp her carefully to avoid a contention. Through aikido, human vudo can become good people finding greatness coming from within. The Founder studied a variety of different martial arts, competed against many other disciplines and realized that competition is not necessary.

The original page is at www. It is better not to talk too much, but to learn with the body. It is not powerful and has no energy. But the Founder always said, “If you show someone the way, you first have to do it yourself, demonstrate and show it.

We’ll find inhere, several quotations from the founder Dojo cho Aiki Dojo::