Interviews of Aikido masters

This section contains a number of interviews of influential Aikido instructors and notable practitioners in which they tell us about their journey through the art created by O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba and explain the concepts underlying their respective practice.

August 30, 2014

Interview with Okamoto Yoko Shihan - Teaching the essence of Aikido

by 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…
Ellis Amdur
May 12, 2013

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

by Guillaume Erard
This is the second part of the interview I conducted with Ellis Amdur, instructor in…
Ellis Amdur
May 01, 2013

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

by Guillaume Erard
Ellis Amdur is one of the most prominent and prolific writers in the martial arts world.…
Miyamoto Tsuruzo Sensei
Apr 14, 2013

Interview with Miyamoto Tsuruzo Shihan: Perceiving and sensing

by Emmanuel Marès
Miyamoto Tsuruzo shihan is a 7th Dan senior instructor at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in…
Olivier Gaurin
Jan 02, 2012

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

by Guillaume Erard
Olivier Gaurin is one of the most well-known French Aikido practitioners. His atypical…
May 11, 2011

Interview with Michel Erb, 5th Dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
Michel Erb is an exemplary practitioner. He belongs to a generation of Aikidokas that…
Sébastien Herteau and Masatoshi Yasuno Shihan in front of the Aikikai hombu Dojo kamiza
Mar 09, 2011

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

by Guillaume Erard
I met Sébastien Heurteau at the All Japan Embukai last year. He was there as a spectator…
Osawa Hayato Shihan in Kyoto
Feb 05, 2010

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

by Michael Thai and Patricia Lucide
Osawa Hayato Shihan is one of the senior instructors of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.…
Luc Mathevet
Jan 12, 2009

Interview with Luc Mathevet 6th dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
Luc Mathevet, 6th dan Aikikai, has been practicing Aikido for over 25 years and he is now…
William Gleason
Dec 09, 2008

Interview with William Gleason, head of the Shobu Aikido

by Pasquale Robustini
Last December, the beautiful city of Rome became the theater of an event that is to mark…
T.K. Chiba
Aug 09, 2008

Interview with Joe Curran, president of the British Birankai

by Guillaume Erard
Joe Curran is the current president of the British Aikikai, the only remaining…
Micheline Tissier
Jul 14, 2008

Interview with Micheline Tissier, 6th dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
Not long ago, I got the opportunity to have a chat with one of the most notorious female…
Henry Kono, direct students of Morihei Ueshiba
Apr 21, 2008

Interview with Henry Kono, direct student of Morihei Ueshiba

by Guillaume Erard
He was basing all this on something simple. That, I knew from day one... These words…
Cyril Lagrasta
Apr 20, 2008

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

by Guillaume Erard
Cyril Lagrasta, 4th dan Aikikai, is the head instructor of the Dublin Aikikai Aikido, a…
Christian Tissier Shihan
Feb 01, 2008

Interview with Christian Tissier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
I had been trying to conduct an interview with Christian Tissier Shihan (7th dan Aikikai,…
Alan Ruddock, direct student of O Sensei Ueshiba
Jan 29, 2008

Interview with Alan Ruddock, the first Irish Aikido practitioner

by Guillaume Erard
Alan Ruddock is one of the very few people who got the opportunity to train with O Sensei…
Philippe Orban
Oct 25, 2007

Interview with Philippe Orban, 6th dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
Meet Philippe Orban, 6th dan Aikikai and very close student of Christian Tissier for many…
Philippe Gouttard, 6th dan Aikikai
Jul 13, 2007

Interview with Philippe Gouttard, 6th dan Aikikai

by Guillaume Erard
Philippe Gouttard started practicing Aikido in 1970. He quickly went on to study with top…
John Rogers
Mar 20, 2007

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

by Guillaume Erard
John Rogers (Seán Mac Ruairí in Irish) is the senior instructor of the Irish Aikido…
Andre Nocquet with O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
Nov 12, 1988

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

by Guillaume Erard
André Nocquet 8th Dan Aikido, 4th Dan Judo, was one of the pioneers of Budo in Europe. He…

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