This section gathers several video galleries displaying Aikido practice. Some of these propose exclusive archive footage that was never seen before, demonstrations by famous Sensei during seminars around the world, and a selection of my own favourite videos found elsewhere on the web.
I recently took part in a Taiwanese documentary dealing with life in Japan since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The journalist, Hsiu-Ching Airy Hsiao, kindly sent the whole footage that they shot on that day, including a short Aikido demonstration that D.j. Lortie and myself improvised for the documentary. I have edited it along with a few words that we exchanged afterwards regarding Aikido and its practice.
This section contains a selection of my favorite Aikido videos on the web. I was fortunate enough to be able to train with these Sensei quite extensively and in spite of the obvious differences in their respective styles, I learned a lot from trying to find the common point rather than the differences. Also, more than trying to reproduce what they all did, I tried to understand the reasons as to why they did things in their specific way. I hope that through this selection, you can get an appreciation of how Aikido fundamentals can be expressed in a variety of ways.
This section contains exclusive Aikido videos featuring some historical footage shot by master André Nocquet, 8th dan, the first foreign uchi deshi of Morihei Ueshiba at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Master featured include Morihei Ueshiba, Minoru Mochizuki, André Nocquet, Kawaishi Mikonosuke and Nobuyoshi Tamura. The music was scored by Guillaume Erard.
This section contains videos of Aikido seminars and classes that I have shot and edited over the years. I have also scored and performed the soundtrack music for most of them. I started shooting these videos as a way to remember these courses but also in order to perfect my ukemi in comparison to other practitioners. This proved invaluable and I thought I would share these videos rather than keep them on my hard drive. It was also an opportunity to use some of the music that I wrote over the years to accompany these performances.