Go Warrior (TV Show) -- Aikido
This is an extension of the original Go Warrior thread. It would be great if we could get someone abroad to upload this episode of the show for analysis, by any means necessary.
Tokyo is the city of sensory overload, but hidden beyond the neon bustle of Shinjuku lies the Yoshinkan aikido dojo, the Zen sanctuary of the land's most esoteric martial art. Roland arrives to learn more about this often misunderstood martial art. His mission is to figure out how aikido works and whether it DOES work as a fighting art. Just why have scores of foreigners been coming here to pick it up? And what do they leave with?
Aikido has been called everything from a spiritual cult to that thing Steven Seagal does in movies. Though born out of the budo 'warrior' philosophy, aikido is known as the world's foremost pacifistic martial art. Its practitioners take a Zen approach to life and self-defence, and Roland must adapt his upfront fighting style to do the same. But what a challenge: just how does one learn to defend and be gentle at the same time?
To get some answers, Roland is here at aikido's spiritual home, the aikido hombu dojo - the place where all come to seek aikido nirvana. Roland meets Ueshiba doshu, the grandson of the founder who believes in promoting harmony through aikido.
But, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of aikido is its technique. Aikido enables smaller Oriental dudes to thwart bigger attackers, not unlike judo or jiu-jitsu but with more grace nd style.
To validate this, Roland goes on the beat with an aikido-trained detective. Can aikido really help a person to anticipate attackers? Roland investigates while getting a tour of the city.
And for those who say aikido is for sissies, he checks out the Yoshinkan aikido school, where aikido is officially taught to Tokyo's riot police. Their schools are known for dishing out hard knocks and represent one part of aikido's evolution beyond the philosophical. Roland finds himself in the hardest training class of his life. How could a gentle martial art be THAT difficult?
Also during his trip, Roland makes a sojourn to Yamanashi, a town near Mount Fuji, to meet Takeno Sensei, one of aikido's legendary instructors. Takeno Sensei only 'lives and breathes aikido', but Yamanashi is also an old samurai town with its own rustic charm.