Interviews and Lectures

  • Patricia Hendricks Interview: Part 1

    In part one of our interview with Hendricks Shihan, she talks about her early aikido days in Monterey, CA with Stanley Pranin and shares the mindset and approach that's allowed her to become one of the top women leaders in the aikido world.

    When we originally filmed this interview, we planned...

  • Patricia Hendricks Interview: Part 2

    In part two of our interview with Hendricks Shihan, she gives guidance to emerging leaders in the aikido world, talks about her experience with uchi-deshi programs, shares her thoughts on why Stanley Pranin selected Josh Gold as his successor, and gives some brief thoughts on the future of aikido...

  • Stanley Pranin: On the post-war Aikikai

    Stanley Pranin discusses the post-war Aikikai during a Q&A session in 2016. This was one of the last of such events Pranin Sensei led before his passing in 2017.

  • An Aikido Odyssey: Christian Tissier

    This one-hour special on Christian Tissier Shihan was produced by Aikido Journal at the 2005 Aiki Expo. The video includes an in-depth interview with Tissier conducted by Stanley Pranin in French (English subtitles), detailed technical demos, and footage from his seminar instruction at the Expo.
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  • Stanley Pranin: The Essence of Aiki

    Stanley Pranin discusses his thoughts on the essence of Aiki in this short discussion segment.

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

    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.

  • Stanley Pranin: Hikitsuchi Sensei and the 10th dans

    Stanley Pranin discusses his experience with Hikitsuchi Sensei and talks about the aikido 10th dans.

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 2 Mongolian Expedition

    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

    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.

  • Christian Tissier: On Revitalizing Aikido

    This is the first installment of a multi-part interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. Tissier Sensei talks with Aikido Journal about the health of aikido and what we can do to revitalize the practice and growth of the art. Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier ...

  • Christian Tissier: Lessons from the Master

    This is the second installment of Aikido Journal's interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. In this interview segment, Tissier Sensei shares insights from his own personal aikido journey.  Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier Sensei's key points and our conclusi...

  • Christian Tissier: On the Evolution of Aikido

    This is the third installment of Aikido Journal’s interview with Christian Tissier Shihan. In this segment, Tissier Sensei shares his perspective on the evolution of the art of aikido. Along with the video of the interview segment, we've summarized Tissier Sensei's key points and our conclusions ...

  • Christian Tissier: On Stanley Pranin

    Christian Tisser Shihan remembering Stanley Pranin. Interview was conducted in May 2017 in San Francisco.

  • Stanley Pranin: On Weapons in Aikido

    A short video editorial by Stanley Pranin on the role of weapons training in aikido. Stan describes the two main schools of thought and discusses the historical events that influenced these two divergent approaches.

    The aiki-jo video course Stan references in this video is now available on A...

  • Rinjiro Shirata Aiki-Ken

    This video is a very important historical document in that Rinjiro Shirata demonstrates a lengthy series of Aiki Ken suburi and kata based on the prewar swordwork of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The sword content in this video program follows Morihei Ueshiba’s sword in the1935 Asahi News film....

  • Second Friendship Demo Intro

  • Second Friendship Demo: Morihiro Saito

  • Second Friendship Demo -Kenji Shimizu

  • Second Friendship Demo -Yoshio Sugino

  • Second Friendship Demo -Gozo Shioda

  • Second Friendship Demo: Minoru Mochizuki

  • A Focus on History Ep. 4 The Old Hombu Dojo