A Focus on History

A Focus on History

3 Episodes

A series of short video lectures in which Stanley Pranin tells fascinating stories and describes the historical importance behind rare photographs or documents related to the art of aikido and its Founder.

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A Focus on History
  • A Focus on History: Ep. 1 Morihei's Kyoju-Dairi (Daito-ryu)

    Episode 1

    This is Episode 1 of a three-part historical series. In this video, Stan Pranin translates Morihei Ueshiba's Daito-ryu teaching certificate, or "Kyoju-Dairi," issued by Sokaku Takeda. Mr. Pranin explains the historical importance of the certificate.

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 2 Mongolian Expedition

    Episode 2

    This is Episode 2 of a three-part historical series. Narrated by Stanley Pranin, this episode provides background information on a photo of Morihei Ueshiba and Masazumi Matsumura taken during O-Sensei's failed (but adventurous) 1924 Mongolian Expedition.

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 3 Morihei's Jodori

    Episode 2

    This is Episode 3 of a three-part historical series. Narrated by Stanley Pranin, this episode provides details related to a photo of an indoor jodori demonstration by Morihei Ueshiba. His uke is Kishomaru Ueshiba, the future Doshu.