Stanley Pranin (1945-2017) was the founder and editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal (formerly Aiki News). A researcher and archivist of aikido, he created a vast collection of stories, interviews, videos, and analyses. Stanley Pranin was a highly influential and pioneering figure in the aikido world. He pursued a life path of relentless discovery and efforts to promote and elevate the art of aikido.
Pranin originally began practicing aikido in California in 1962. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he taught aikido in California. In 1974, Pranin founded the journal Aiki News; in 1977 he moved to Japan, living there for 20 years and continuing to publish his journal in Japanese and English. Later, returning to America, Stan transformed Aiki News into Aikido Journal, and led its transition into the digital age.
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...
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.
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.
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.