An Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

An Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

A Close encounter with Iwama’s Aikido


We’ve been going around interviewing experienced martial art teachers for a while now. Mr. Saitō Hitohira, who actually knew Morihei Ueshiba when he was a kid and devoted to Aikido from an early age, is still living in Iwama, right next to the Aiki Jinja. When we had the opportunity to get an interview with him, we did not hesitate, and here is how it all happened.

Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

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The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

The hakama: simple clothing of the nobility


The hakama serves to hide the movement of the feet in the practice of martial arts, and in Aikido in particular?

It is such a common explanation that it has almost become a truth for practically all practitioners. Unfortunately, it is false, and this is very easily demonstrated when we look at the history of this garment, how it was and how it still is worn in Japan.


Reconstruction of a ceremony in in the Kamakura period - The Kagami biraki (2017)

Reconstruction of a ceremony in in the Kamakura period – The Kagami biraki (2017)


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Rahel Bünzli April 5, 2017 7 comments Equipment Tags: ,