Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei – Rare Aikido Demonstration (1957) 合気道植芝 盛平

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This is a rare demonstration held at the Self-Defense Ministry in Tokyo’s Akasaka circa 1957. This section is the performance of O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. His main uke are Hiroshi Tada and Nobuyoshi Tamura. The film was part of André Nocquet’s private 8 mm collection. Nocquet was the very first foreign live-in student of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba. He spent 3 years living with the Ueshiba family from 1955 to 1957 and trained daily at the Kobukan Dojo. Read Nocquet’s full biography:

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  1. Correct me if I'm wrong. This is more like art than something that works well in a real fight on the street, am I correct? Respect for all achievements and development in this art of course, but just trying to understand how useful it would be in a real life combat.

  2. So Sacred, i would of been so honored to of been able to learn from Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, alas i wasn't born yet! Thank you For Posting, Grateful.

  3. Yeh sorry but your drug affected thug street fight ain’t gonna react in the obviously planned ways these students react.. I have trained in Karate and have respect for Japanese martial arts but agree with with Bruce Lee’s sentiment (paraphrasing) that such rehearsed moves would only get you hurt or killed in the street..

    Aikido surely has much to teach about redirection of force and energy similar to Chinese arts of Chi Gong and Tai Chi but personally I would never want to train in such rehearsed ways (much like professional wrestlers).

    My Sensei once said habit is your best friend but habit is also your worst enemy…

    … Especially if your opponent/s see or understand and anticipate your moves and reactions..

    Many of the moves here could be defeated by simple drawing Center of gravity close to Sensai and grabbing or striking … In particular never offering the hand for a lock in the ridiculous ways these students do…

  4. People are fooled by the beard,
    and think this is just an old dude dancing
    with seemingly cooperative students.
    Take a look at pictures of O Sensei before the beard…
    You'll be surprised at what a strong looking man he really is.

  5. Someone gave their story about O Sensei and said he was seen a few times hugging a large bunch of bamboo plants and he literally uprooted them. Now that’s some uncanny power.

  6. It's taken a lifetime just to learn the perfect technique and you don't even know it's…the greatest warriors it's always respected your elders and masters as you're parents don't matter how good you are..without their teaching you nothing…

  7. I am now pushing 80…I’ve had the great fortune to have trained with 2 of O’Sensei’s students. Saotome Shinan, Takenaka Shinan. Their Aikido is strong and not ‘phony’ as Aikido is taught in many dojo’s these days! Both of the Shinan I studied with included Atemi ( striking) in their Aikido!
    This is a wonderful video…thanks for posting it!

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