Aikido Style

岩間合気道 - Iwama Aikido

Watch a video of training at the Iwama dojo from the 1990's.

Morihiro Saito Shihan trained under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, for over 23 years in Iwama, Japan. Saito Shihan developed open-hand and weapons systems based on what he learned during that time.

The following is from the article, “Towards A Reform of Aikido Technique (1): Background,” by Stanley Pranin:
The most significant of Morihei’s students from that [post war] era was Morihiro Saito. Saito assisted Morihei in his daily life and received a great deal of private instruction from the Founder for more than 20 years. He was also the person most knowledgeable of Ueshiba’s Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo training methods. It was Saito who organized Morihei’s Iwama curriculum, including both empty-handed and weapons techniques, and presented this vast body of material in published form starting in the mid-1970s.
Read more about the Iwama dojo in Stanley Pranin's article, Iwama: Birthplace of Aikido.

Pat Hendricks Shihan, 7th dan Aikikai, started Aikido in 1974 with Stan Pranin and Mary Heiny. In 1976 she moved to Iwama, Japan, to study with Morihiro Saito Shihan. For the next 30 years, she returned to Japan over 25 times of which 6 years were uchi-deshi. She holds a menkyo kaiden in weapons certification and was certified to test for the U.S. She served as Saito Sensei's representative for the U.S. and runs the Iwama division in the California Aikido Association (CAA). Her own dojo, Aikido of San Leandro, attracts students from all over the world, including Japan.