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Interview with Okamoto Yoko Shihan - Teaching the essence of Aikido

Written on 30 August 2014 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Okamoto Yoko Shihan - Teaching the essence of Aikido

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...

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Aikido Interviews

Interview with Ellis Amdur part 2  - The de-escalation of violence and the relevance of Budo

Written on 12 May 2013 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Ellis Amdur part 2 - The de-escalation of violence and the relevance of Budo

Tlhis is the second part of the interview I conducted with Ellis Amdur, instructor in traditional Japanese martial arts and crisis intervention specialist. In this section, Ellis and I discuss about h...

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Interview with Ellis Amdur part 1 - Martial Journey from Aikido to koryu

Written on 01 May 2013 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Ellis Amdur part 1 - Martial Journey from Aikido to koryu

Ellis Amdur is one of the most prominent and prolific writers in the martial arts world. He has spent many years living in Japan and learning traditional japanese fighting systems, and he is one of th...

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Interview with Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan: Perceiving and sensing

Written on 14 April 2013 by Emmanuel Marès

Interview with Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan: Perceiving and sensing

Miyamoto Tsuruzo shihan is a 7th Dan senior instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He has been traveling every year to France since 2006 to teach in its main Southern cities. Every year, more ...

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Interview with Olivier Gaurin: A Journey on the Way of Disgrace

Written on 02 January 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Olivier Gaurin: A Journey on the Way of Disgrace

Olivier Gaurin is one of the most well-known French Aikido practitioners. His atypical path and his ease with words have made him one of the prominent voices of our martial art in France. Olivier Gaur...

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Interview with Michel Erb, 5th Dan Aikikai

Written on 11 May 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Michel Erb, 5th Dan Aikikai

Michel Erb is an exemplary practitioner. He belongs to a generation of Aikidokas that were instrumental in getting our art through the 21st century. He constantly travels the roads of France, Switzerl...

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Interview with Sébastien Heurteau, 7 years at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Written on 09 March 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Sébastien Heurteau, 7 years at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo

I met Sébastien Heurteau at the All Japan Embukai last year. He was there as a spectator but also as the uke for Yukimitsu Kobayashi Sensei from the Hombu Dojo. We very quickly became friends and I go...

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

Written on 05 February 2010 by Michael Thai and Patricia Lucide

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

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 please...

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Interview with Luc Mathevet 6th dan Aikikai

Written on 12 January 2009 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Luc Mathevet 6th dan Aikikai

Luc Mathevet, 6th dan Aikikai, has been practicing Aikido for over 25 years and he is now the technical director of the Rhône-Alpes region for the FFAAA. This sought after technician and sophisticated...

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Interview with William Gleason, head of the Shobu Aikido

Written on 09 December 2008 by Pasquale Robustini

Interview with William Gleason, head of the Shobu Aikido

Last December, the beautiful city of Rome became the theater of an event that is to mark in our Aikido calendars. This course was in fact the occasion of a visit by William Gleason, 6th dan Aikikai an...

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Interview with Joe Curran, president of the British Birankai

Written on 09 August 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Joe Curran, president of the British Birankai

Joe Curran is the current president of the British Aikikai, the only remaining organization under the technical supervision of Kazuo Chiba Shihan after his departure from England. Joe Curran spent mor...

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Interview with Micheline Tissier, 6th dan Aikikai

Written on 14 July 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Micheline Tissier, 6th dan Aikikai

Not long ago, I got the opportunity to have a chat with one of the most notorious female Aikido experts, Micheline Tissier, who holds the rank of 6th dan Aikikai. She was the amongst the first Europea...

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Interview with Henry Kono, direct student of Morihei Ueshiba

Written on 21 April 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Henry Kono, direct student of Morihei Ueshiba

He was basing all this on something simple. That, I knew from day one... These words belong to quite an extraordinary individual, Henry Kono Sensei who just celebrated his 80th birthday and 43 years...

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Interview with Cyril Lagrasta, head instructor of the Dublin Aikikai Aikido

Written on 20 April 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Cyril Lagrasta, head instructor of the Dublin Aikikai Aikido

Cyril Lagrasta, 4th dan Aikikai, is the head instructor of the Dublin Aikikai Aikido, a group that he started over 10 years ago. It is important because it gives the opportunity to a real pioneer to e...

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Interview with Christian Tissier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai

Written on 01 February 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Christian Tissier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai

I had been trying to conduct an interview with Christian Tissier Shihan (7th dan Aikikai, head of the French Aikido Federation FFAAA) for quite some time now. Eventually, thanks to his good will and h...

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Interview with Alan Ruddock, the first Irish Aikido practitioner

Written on 29 January 2008 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Alan Ruddock, the first Irish Aikido practitioner

Alan Ruddock is one of the very few people who got the opportunity to train with O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. He is the only Irishman to have done so, spending 3 years with the founder of Aikido. However...

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Interview with Philippe Orban, 6th dan Aikikai

Written on 25 October 2007 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Philippe Orban, 6th dan Aikikai

Meet Philippe Orban, 6th dan Aikikai and very close student of Christian Tissier for many years. Although he could have stayed in the comfort of teaching regular classes at the Cercle Tissier in Vince...

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Interview with Philippe Gouttard, 6th dan Aikikai

Written on 13 July 2007 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with Philippe Gouttard, 6th dan Aikikai

Philippe Gouttard started practicing Aikido in 1970. He quickly went on to study with top Japanese masters (Nobuyoshi Tamura, Masamichi Noro and Hirozaku Kobayashi Sensei) in France and abroad. He met...

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Interview with John Rogers Shihan, head of the Irish Aikido Federation

Written on 20 March 2007 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with John Rogers Shihan, head of the Irish Aikido Federation

John Rogers (Seán Mac Ruairí in Irish) is the senior instructor of the Irish Aikido Federation – Ireland Aikikai. He holds the rank of 6th dan awarded on the recommendation by the Aikikai Hombu dojo. ...

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Interview with André Nocquet, 8th Dan pioneer of Aikido in Europe

Written on 12 November 1988 by Guillaume Erard

Interview with André Nocquet, 8th Dan pioneer of Aikido in Europe

André Nocquet 8th Dan Aikido, 4th Dan Judo, was one of the pioneers of Budo in Europe. He was the first ever foreign uchi deshi of Morihei Ueshiba and the training partner of Tamura Nobuyoshi. This in...

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