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What is Iwama Ryu Aikido?
It is the original Aikido created by O-Sensei during the years 1945 to 1960, when he was living and teaching in Iwama, Japan. In 1947, 17 year old Morihiro Saito became his apprentice and over the next 23 years his closest disciple. Saito Sensei was O-Sensei's technical heir as he had been the only disciple present throughout O-Sensei's Iwama period. Before 1945 O-Sensei called what he was doing Aikijutsu or Aiki-no-Michi, there were no weapons in his martial art. 1945-1960 he integrated weapons, sword and staff, into his martial art and used the name Aikido (Way of Harmony). Those who learnt from him before 1945 did not learn his Aikido and those who learnt from him after 1945 who did not practice his Riai, combined open handed and weapons, were not doing his Aikido.
Morihiro Saito Sensei used the name Iwama Ryu Aikido to differentiate O-Sensei's completed Aikido from others advantaged by his prestige and fame. The Iwama Ryu Aikido you will learn by using this Online Dojo is that learnt by Field Sensei from Morihiro Saito Soke from 1979 to 2002. Saito Soke devoted his life to preserving O-Sensei's completed Aikido, that is, Iwama Ryu Aikido.
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