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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…


Osawa Hayato Shihan in Kyoto

Interview with Osawa Hayato Shihan - Relaxation, speed, and explosive power

February 05, 2010 Interviews of Aikido masters Michael Thai and Patricia Lucide
Osawa Hayato Shihan is one of the senior instructors of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He is also the son of legendary instructor and Hombu Dojocho, the late Osawa Kisaburo. I am particularly pleased to publish this interview of Osawa Hayato Shihan as he…


Guillaume Erard au balcon de budokan

51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

June 13, 2013 Events of importance in the world of Aikido Guillaume Erard
In my last article covering the Aiki Taisai in Iwama, I had made the promise to report on it, so here are the highlights of the 51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration that was recently held at the Nippon Budokan. There, more than 8,000 practitioners from all…

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Winter courses in Europe with Guillaume Erard, 4th Dan Aikikai

October 12, 2013 Aikido course reports Guillaume Erard
I am returning in Europe this winter for the first time in two years. I will take this opportunity to instruct several classes and seminars in several dojos in France and in the United Kingdom. The details are still being arranged for some of them and I will…

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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