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Kashiwaya Sensei's Aikido Film Project:

Movie Title: "Looking for Ai"
An Aikido film based on real events
Directed by Briana Boyer
Videographed by Masaru Onai
Cast: Izumi Sano, Sage Morris Green, Kiyota Sage
Produced and written by Koichi Kashiwaya

You can now watch Kashiwaya Sensei's award-winning film, for details: https://www.facebook.com/2183604285049032/posts/4316812785061494/?d=n

This film is a fiction based on episodes experienced by Koichi Kashiwaya, who has taught Aikido professionally for over 40 years in Japan, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, and Australia.

It is the story of the growth of one young Japanese woman through Aikido.
She journeys to the United States on assignment for her job. Our audience has plenty of chances to laugh at her misconceptions of the different cultures in America:

Ai Kidou, a journalist who works for the sports magazine in Tokyo, is assigned to investigate the Aikido Instructor who helped the Colorado Football team to win the championship but suddenly disappeared. During her investigation, Ai encounters some difference in culture but she gradually starts to change herself among Aikido people. Will Ai find what she is looking for?

Often it seems as though many martial arts films are mainly based on "showing action". We would like to convey Japanese martial arts of Aikido as something more familiar and meaningful to the daily life of the audience. By weaving the experiences of each character and the principles of Aikido into the story, we, as storytellers, can make this unforgettable story both entertaining and relatable for the general public.

Video Demonstrations by Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei:

Kashiwaya Sensei has produced two new DVDs:

The Jo-Gi Basics DVD shows each motion (1-22) of Jo-Taigi #1 (Taigi #27) in detail. It covers the basic movements, provides instruction on teaching beginners, five principals of Jo, intermediate and advanced training and corrections for many common mistakes.

The Jo-Gi Dai-Ni Advanced DVD offers instruction for Jo-Taigi #2 (Taigi #28), advanced training instruction & practice tips. It covers the entire taigi with applications, and includes also pointers for instructing jo movement from both the nage and uke sides of the taigi.

The Jo-Gi DVDs are available as a 2-set for a reduced price.

Jo-Gi Basics (Jo Taigi)

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Kashiwaya Sensei is working on continuing this
weapon series with Bokken I, II , and more.

Also available:

Ki-Aikido Testing Criteria I
(5th Kyu through 2nd Kyu)

Ki-Aikido Testing Criteria II
(1st Kyu through Sandan)

Taigi: Arts of Ki (#1 to #29)

These are DVD versions of the videos that used to be available on tape. Now you can move through the recording with the DVD menu and view the parts you want to see. These are great videos: an instructional aid for students, a teaching aid for teachers and a great look at Ki Society technique for curious onlookers.

The DVDs will be available at your MKF dojos, please ask your Sensei.
The  has a few left, please email what you'd like.