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Ueshiba Morihei

The origin and purpose of solo practice in Aikido

August 20, 2014 Articles and essays about Aikido Guillaume Erard
In my previous article, I discussed the fact that we, as aikidoka, we spend most of our time practicing with a partner within the framework of katageiko.[1] One could therefore be forgiven for thinking that in this context, the collective and social aspects…



Interview with Okamoto Yoko Shihan - Teaching the essence of Aikido

August 30, 2014 Interviews of Aikido masters Guillaume Erard
I recently traveled to the ancient imperial city of Kyoto in order to film a documentary on Okamoto Yoko Shihan at her dojo, Aikido Kyoto. In spite of the tight schedule of Okamoto Shihan, we only had a morning to get everything done but in the end, the…



Kagamibiraki 2015 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

January 12, 2015 Events of importance in the world of Aikido Guillaume Erard
The Kagamibiraki ceremony was held on Sunday, 11th of January at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. The Kagamibiraki is the first official event of the year at the Aikikai schedule, and in addition to being a traditional way to celebrate the new year, it also…

Seminar Reports


Guillaume Erard teaches Aikido to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police

August 01, 2010 Aikido course reports Guillaume Erard
Some of us Aikido practitioners often dream of going to Japan in order to perfect our skills in the art created by O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. Many actually eventually make the trip for a few weeks, some for a few months. Fewer of these individuals decide to…

Travel Diaries


First Practice at the Aikikai Honbu Dojo (First trip to Japan Part 2)

May 20, 2008 Aikido travel diaries Guillaume Erard
This is the second part of the series of articles on my first trip to Japan in May 2008. It is day two, the night has been short and full of surprises (not the least of which was an earthquake shaking their bed for a whole minute in the middle of the night)…


okamoto yoko shihan

Documentary on Okamoto Yoko Shihan and Aikido Kyoto

July 16, 2014 Videos and documentaries about Aikido Guillaume Erard
Okamoto Yoko Shihan is among the best known Japanese Aikido instructors in the world today. Moreover, she is also one of the very few women to have accessed this status. Her extremely rich and varied Aikido journey, spanning over almost 40 years and on three…

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Okamoto Yoko Shihan

Picture gallery of Okamoto Yoko Shihan teaching at Aikido Kyoto

July 17, 2014 Pictures of Aikido seminars and demonstrations Guillaume Erard
Okamoto Yoko Shihan is one of the most well-known female Aikido instructors in the world. She holds the rank of 6th Dan Aikikai. I went to her dojo in June 2014 to shoot a documentary and conduct an interview, here are a few pictures of the class.

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