The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Friday, October 03, 2008

Gozo Shioda, Founder of Yoshinkan Aikido



Here is a clip of the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Gozo Shioda.






video

3 comments:

Taijiquestion said...

A very exciting and inspiring exhibition. I know little about aikido, even as an armchair admirer. But it seems to fill the stylistic void between judo and karate; and from there climbs straight to the stars in terms of effectiveness and depth.

Even for a demo like this, I can guess that Master needs have a very calm, forged-steel spirit to control things the way he does.

I love the way I've seen top aikidists decide an encounter with breathtaking swiftness. It's a bit like having the Samurai of old, still with us. But not needing sword to cut down the opponent. And better yet, no one loses their head! Thanks for posting this clip.

Rick said...

Thanks for stopping by.

fencer said...

Hi Rick,

Great video! So light on his feet, and moves just enough...

Regards