Aikido Seminar by Shihan Hitohiro Saito Aug 4&5

Traditional Aikido Philippines invites aikidokas (aikido practitioners) to a seminar by Saito Hitohiro Shihan founder of  Iwama Shinshin Aikishurenkai Kaicho

Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba. One of his direct students was Morihiro Saito. Shihan Hitohiro Saito is Morihiro Saito’s son.

He will be conducting a seminar in Manila on August 4 & 5

Venue: PAJA 3rd Flr wrestling gym, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Adriatico St. Malate Manila

Seminar Schedule

4 session: 9am -12pm (2 sessions with 15min break on every session)

2pm – 5pm (2 sessions with 15 min break on every session)

Fee is P1,500 for 2 days

P 900 for 1 day only

For foreign guests: USD 225 includes 2 night stay twin sharing

For inquiries on this event please contact via email traditionalaikido@yahoo.com

If you are an aikidoka and you wish to attend, if there is something you should bring is the expected humility, “empty cup” , an open mind and a happy attitude and disposition. I guess there is no expected signing of your Aikika yudansha cards here, but the wealth of knowledge that Shihan Saito will impart will surely be priceless. Being able to train and be with Morihiro Saito’s son is an honor itself.

If you have been practicing aikido for sometime, Morihiro Saito was one of Morihei Ueshiba’s direct students and uchi deshi. The earlier black and white films we used to see in betamax in vhs videos are of Morihiro Saito. Each of Morihei Ueshiba’s uchi deshi or direct students has developed each and their own style. Saito style is evidently rooted in traditional movement utilizing the sword  (bladed hand) in execution.

So aside from your gi, and hakama please bring your bokken and jo’s as well.  Bring hydration and toiletries for changing.

More on Saito Hitohiro Shihan

I happen to see him on a youtube video at a seminar. See attached link. His movements and executions are clean and simple yet incredibly fast and powerful. His posture, form and footwork is really something to look up to..

This is a youtube video of Morihiro Saito Sensei. His movements are so simple and direct. I just love watching his sword work as well.

(sourced from Wikipedia)

Hitohiro Saito (斎藤 仁弘 Saitō Hitohiro, born 12 February 1957 in Iwama) is an aikido instructor and founding headmaster of Iwama Shin-Shin Aiki Shuren-kai.[1] Hitohiro is the son of Morihiro Saito. At age of seven,[2] he started to learn aikido from Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, who cared for him as a grandson. After Ueshiba died in 1969, he continued his practice with his father. The younger Saito became official instructor of the Iwama dojo in 1986 and remained so until 2004 when he separated from the Aikikai organization and formed his own group. Since 2009 he is also identified as Hitohira (仁平) Saito.[3]

Hitohiro Saito is the founder and leader (Kaicho) of a traditional Iwama styleaikido organization. It is named Iwama Shin-Shin Aiki Shuren-kai (岩間神信合氣修練会, lit. Iwama spiritual aiki drill association). It has dojo in about 20 countries.[4]

With the passing of Morihiro Saito (13 May 2002), Hitohiro Saito initially continued to govern the Founder’s dojo and the Temple of Aikido, Aikijinja. He had also prepared to surrender these roles to the Aikikai, which own those properties.[5] However, the doshu also asked for the Iwama Ryu grading certificates to cease, and in return Hitohiro asked for the Aikikai to announce in publication that the founder’s original style is preserved at Iwama.[5] The latter did not occur, and Hitohiro also came under pressures within the Iwama group.[5] In November 2003, Hitohiro separated from the Aikikai.[5] By February 2004 he had formed his own organisation (ISSASK).

While a number of Morihiro Saito’s students preferred to remain affiliated with the Aikikai, others decided to follow Hitohiro Saito upon his break from the organization. Today he teaches full time at his own Tanrenkan and travels constantly inside Japan and around the world, instructing at seminars attended by hundreds of aikido students.

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