In the below videos Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on one of the traditional versions of yokomenuchi kokyu ho as practised by O’Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) in the immediate post-war period of his life.
Kokyu ho exercises are used in Aikido to assist in developing internal power. They can also be techniques in themselves or form key aspects of other techniques. At higher levels of practice kokyu ho can be found in every technique.
- Technical notes – London Aikido Club – Andy Hathaway Sensei
- Technical notes – Ki no nagare application – Donovan Waite Sensei
- Brief Biography – Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002)
Morihiro Saito Sensei’s practice of Aikido spanned 56 years and he is one of the most important teachers in Aikido history. Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at his home dojo in Iwama, Japan.
Saito Sensei spent his teaching life dedicated to preserving the technical style of Aikido as practised and shown to him by O’sensei in the post-war period. Without his commitment to preserving the Aikido of the Founder and extensive efforts to record and document his teachings, much of the Aikido of O’sensei may have been lost.