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Aikido Documentary

Aikido Documentary: 9 documentaries about Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba & Kendo

In this article, we feature 9 documentaries about the art and the history of Aikido, his founder Morihei Ueshiba and a special bonus about Kendo

Intro: Aikido Documentaries

Are you one of those people wanting to learn more about the history of Aikido? Look no further because this page got you covered. Below we collected some of the best aikido documentaries you can find in the online world today.

Let’s check them out below. 

1. Morihei Ueshiba & Aikido Documentary

In case you didn’t know, Morihei Ueshiba was a Japanese martial artist and founder of the martial art of Aikido. In this Aikido Documentary, the film features “Budo,” which is the 1935 video produced by Asahi Newspaper. It is a short documentary about Aikido’s founder and the origins of the practice. 

2. Aikido National Geographic Documentary

This is a 45-minute Aikido national geographic documentary shot in 2004 that brought presenter Josette Normandeau to the center of Aikido’s most sacred places, the Ibaraki Dojo and Aikaki Hombu Dojo in Iwama, to present the art to the general public. It explores the different martial arts in the country and examines culture, technique, history and philosophy. 

3. All about Aikido: The Real Truth

This documentary tries to uncover the myth and the reality of the martial arts world. It is a documentary about Japanese martial arts, aikido, and karate do. It starts from the story of two brothers who created their dojo, met pupils and more. 

4. The heart of Aikido - Hikitsuchi Michio 10th Dan

This documentary features the journey of Sensei Michio with O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, as well as the transformation that Aikado had. He also presents some of the important methods and explains some of the important principles of Aikido.

6. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba "The Art of Peace"

This Morihei Ueshiba documentary features pithy and succinct teachings, all drawn from the writings and talks of Morihei Ueshiba.

6. Aikido and The Path Beyond Thought - Aikido Steven Seagal Documentary

This Aikido Steven Seagal documentary presents footage taken from Seagal Sensei’s days in Japan at the Tenshin Dojo in Osaka, Japan. Here, you can see him teaching, demonstrating and administering different tests. It also includes different interviews of Seagal Sensei’s former students.

7. The Way of the Warrior: Aikido and Kendo, The Sporting Way - BBC Aikido Documentary

The Way of the Warrior is a BBC aikido documentary that is composed of eight different parts. A lot of people practice the fighting arts today to learn the different sporting forms made from the original martial arts. This documentary focuses on kendo and Aikido, and observes the effect that practicing them has had upon the two Westerners. 

8. Bonus: Samurai Spirit - Kendo Documentary NHK World

Samurai Spirit was a kendo documentary on NHK World from 2008 to 2009. It focuses on the traditional martial arts of Japan

9. Hidehisa Nishimura: The Spirit of Kendo, Path of No Regret - Kendo Documentary

In case you didn’t know yet, Hidehisa Nishimura is a national champion of kendo-which is the traditional martial arts of Japan. This documentary focuses on highlighting his signature move—the Lighting Kote. 

Aikido Documentaries: Conclusions

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