1954 Aikido O Sensei

1954 Aikido O Sensei


Historic footage of O Sensei I got from someone back in the late 80’s while taking Aikido. Silent footage

The beginning credits say it was a film made in 1954 by Mr. Jay Gluck for his book “Zen Combat”. The scene is a roof top dojo in Shinjuku, Tokyo

25 comments on “1954 Aikido O Sensei

  1. This is real if they hadn’t been simply sparring he would have broke there wrist or arms! You had to be a real fighter back then to even think about opening a school even in the late 60s you would have challenges to fight if you opened a school, Bruce Lee was.

  2. Isn’t this the same dude that doesn’t touch anyone and they all fall down with the wave of his hand. Then got his as$ handed to ’em in a real combat?

  3. Isn’t this the same dude that doesn’t touch anyone and they all fall down with the wave of his hand. Then got his as$ handed to ’em in a real combat?

  4. I took an aikido class for a very short time. I am not an expert. But I can tell you that the reason that the attackers seem to “cooperate” with the aikido master is that aikido involves holds which force one to “go along” with the throws of the master. The aikido holds force the attacker’s wrist, or hand, or elbow, or shoulder, or knee, or whatever, into a situation where you either leap in the direction which the master is forcing you, or your shit breaks. Simple as that. You either allow him to throw you across the room, at which point you can get up and try again, or you allow him to fold your body in unnatural ways, at which point you are defeated. This is why it looks to tough guy keyboard warriors as though this is all fake, because the art of aikido is to use the enemy’s momentum against them. Sure, someone trained in another technique might have some different tactic to use so they don’t get in that circumstance, but anybody who has a functioning wrist will definitely allow themselves to be thrown, if the only alternative is a broken arm. This is what aikido does.

  5. Referenced year (1954) is wrong. Rooftop footage is from the roof of the Japanese Self-Defense Agency in 1958. It seems to be a longer cut than Aikido Journal’s version of the footage by around 26 seconds, but it’s recut in a different order so there might be some duplicate footage, or additional footage altered to slow-motion. However, there is 9 seconds on this one that is clearly omitted from Aikido Journal’s version. The dojo (interior) footage is from “Lee Green’s Rendevous with Adventure” (1968).

  6. For the people who say aikido is fake I went to a dojo and resisted as I could I was trying not to let him grab me I was letting go and he tossed me and controlled me on the floor lol.

  7. people need to experience breaking a wrist, elbow, shoulder or collar bone to know aikido is legit. True aikidokas can break your joints in a swift move.

  8. I studied Tae Kwon Do for a short while, then Seven Star Praying Mantis.  I’ve studied aikido practitioners and have read heavily about the art.  I know enough to see the mechanics used in the moves the defender makes.  Aikido is no joke.  It’s power comes from a dynamic sphere.  Dynamic meaning ever changing.  Also a simple technique taught in all martial arts is “Your body follows pain.”  So if you have someone in a wrist lock and spin they will happily spin with you.  The nay sayers on this site are idiots.

  9. wow… how good he is! o.o … @kids you better should learn from him instead of condemn an old (dead) man you never knew

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