Aikido Seminar with Tamura Shihan

This is a brief video of an Aikido seminar given by Tamura Shihan in March of 2008. To my novice eyes his style appears to use very little movement on nage’s part to execute techniques.

Tamura Shihan Seminar:

I don’t speak French, but if I had to guess I’d say his work with irimi nage focused a lot on leading uke and letting uke do the “moving.”

In a lot of the other techniques there seemed to be a focus on natural body posture and maintaining the arms along the sagittal plane, and, of course, in front of the body.

I started practicing Aikido in 2000. It instantly became one of my main interests. And the rest is history.

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2 comments on “Aikido Seminar with Tamura Shihan
  1. Bill says:

    Thanks for posting this. Tamura Shihan does appear to use small-circle aikido, verging at times on aiki-jututsu. Clearly he has internalized and hidden the larger motions used by those of us who have, shall we say, less mastery! 😉 Also interesting: His use of the head to control the uke in irimi-nage. In our dojo we find this effective and a good habit to develop, since on the street we can’t assume that an attacker is wearing a shirt substantial enough to grab, or indeed any shirt at all. Thank you again.

  2. Bill says:

    Whoops — I meant to type “aiki-jujutsu.”

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