Aikido Videos

Aikido videos. Tachidori ikkyo.

Video clips of Aikido, Aikiken and Aikijo Techniques

Here are some videos of me doing aikido, as well as sword (ken) and staff (jo) exercises. Most of them you also find on my YouTube account: AIKIDOSTENUDD

       The videos have been recorded from 2003 and on. I intend to add more, so check here and on my YouTube account, where you find many more of them.

       Some of the videos are instructional, while in others I sort of play with aikido principles in a freer form. It should be evident which is which.

Stefan Stenudd

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Aikido techniques against strikes

Aikido techniques against tsuki, strike attacks. Uke is Martin Frankovic. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.

Futaridori - two attackers

Here are a few basic aikido techniques against two simultaneous attackers. Filmed in my dojo with Fredrik Pattyranie and Mika Korhonen as uke.

More futaridori

Some more aikido techniques in futaridori - with two attackers. Uke are Martin Frankovic and Matúš Pangrác. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.

Aikido Atemi

Here are some examples of how atemi (strikes) are applied to aikido techniques. Uke is Andreas Johansson from my dojo.

Aikido blocks against kicks

Some aikido blocks and entrances against kicks. Tony Johansson from my dojo is the attacker.

Aikido techniques against front kick

A few basic aikido techniques against maegeri (front kick). Here the kick is chudan maegeri (to the belly) but the aikido techniques are quite the same against jodan maegeri (to the head). Tony Johansson from my dojo is the uke.

Aikido against attacks from behind

Aikido techniques against ushiro - different attacks from behind. Uke are Martin Frankovic and Matúš Pangrác. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.

Aikido hands in shihonage

Here are closeups on how the hands move in the aikido technique shihonage. John Hallbeck from my dojo is the uke. More closeup videos follow on this YouTube playlist.

Ikkyo when resisted and henkawaza

Some examples of ikkyo on a resisting uke, and henkawaza (shifted technique), filmed at my dojo. Uke are John Hallbeck and Anders Heinonen from my dojo.

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Aihanmi iriminage

Here I do iriminage on a "symbolic" form of the aihanmi katatedori attack, where our hands meet without any gripping. I find it an excellent way of training the principles of aikido, such as the line of the attack and how it is extended and redirected. Martik Kos is uke. (0.9 MB)

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Aihanmi kokyuho

This is a ki nagare style kokyuho, in the way that it is a playful extension of the attacker's energy, and an exercise in handling it as subtly as possible. Gabika Markovicova is the uke. One should try not to apply any force. How it works may be more clear in the second half of the clip, where David Bradna is the uke. As soon as the attacker has an aim, there is an energy flow, which can be extended into an aikido technique - even if there is not yet any attack. (3.2 MB).

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Aihanmi kokyunage

Here, the same principles as above are applied to kokyunage - a throw, which is pretty much designed for it, since it should not involve brute force. Notice that the hands meet without any gripping. By spiral moves, the attacker's energy is snared, gathered and guided into the throw. Gabriel Jurcak is uke. (1.6 MB)

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Katadori kokyuho

First, I show a few basics about katadori on Mirek - in this case sort of a pat on the shoulder, before it becomes a katadori grip. Then I do a kokyuho on him and on Martin Svihla, where the arms are not used, but a rubber-like flexibility in the shoulder and body. You can neglect posture, but need to remain in your center. It's fun to do. (2.4 MB)

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Shomenate ikkyo

The shomen ate attack goes in a curve forward, instead of the downward cut of the shomen uchi. I find it very useful in training, as a kind of principle for the straight forward attack. Contrary to the shomen uchi, the shomen ate can be an effective attack also with an unarmed hand. In this clip Martin Svihla's attack is done gently, but the ikkyo technique does not change one bit, when the attack is fast and hard. (2.1 MB)

Me in 1979

This is long ago... In 1979, we shot this mock-training video at my dojo in those days, Brandbergen Aikido. I was 25 and had done aikido for just seven years, which did not stop med from instructing with an attitude that now embarrasses me, and big words that make me relieved they are in Swedish, so that most of you don't understand them. I must confess that I speak similarly about aikido now, but I hope that I perform better - and more humbly (but I'm not sure of it). Oh, and my hair was longer, my belly smaller, and my hakama shorter. I thought that it would be fun for my present students to see...

Me in 1973

This is probably the oldest film of me doing aikido. It's from a summer seminar in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1973 or 1974. Our national instructor at the time, Toshikazu Ichimura, attacks intensely with a bokken, and I do some nervous taisabaki. He knew how to swing the sword, he was 6 dan Renshi in iaido... Filmed by Olle Dehlén.


Aikibatto sword exercises

Here are all the ten aikibatto sword exercises as done in duo, with a partner. Uke is Tomas Ohlsson from my dojo.

Aikibatto staff exercises

Here is a recent recording of all the ten aikibatto jo (staff) exercises as done in duo, with a partner. Uke is Anders Heinonen from my dojo.

Aikiken and Aikijo

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Harai kote

In my dojo, we often practice small manoevers from the chudan kamae guard - a bit in line with what is done in kendo. The chudan kamae needs to be explored, for a proper understanding of the Japanese sword arts. Musashi called it the field-marshal of guards. Here, I do a harai, a warding off of Martin Frankovic's sword, followed up by the kote cut, to the wrist. Notice that here I am the attacker, initiating the movement, which is significantly more difficult than responding to an attack. Some speed is needed - it's all in the wrist. (1.1 MB)

Jo 31 kata in four directions

The original aikido jo 31 kata is done in two directions. Here it is done in four directions, shiho. This is a variation I developed for the sake of my students and myself. A long kata, like this one, is usually done in four directions - whether it is jo, ken or an unarmed art - since it is supposed to deal with several opponents attacking from several directions.


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Iai mix

A 3 minute video clip (7 MB) where I do some iai forms from here and there. I can't say that I approve of every detail. My posture is far from perfect, I tend to sort of nod at the cuts, which are often not enough extended forward, I do a meaningless extra movement with the saya right before noto, et cetera - in spite of my thirty-some years doing iai. Well, well, something to work on at next keiko...

Seitei Iai

Tomas Ohlsson from my dojo shows all the twelve forms of the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Seitei Iai kata. The film starts with a sequence mostly for fun of short closeup clips. Then the twelve forms follow. I recorded the video in 2005.

Aikibatto Iai

This is the first aikibatto exercise, Shiho mae, done like iaido - solo with a real blade instead of bokken with partner. The other nine exercises in iai form follow on this YouTube playlist.

Aikido Basics

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This video shows the aikido technique ikkyo against all basic attacks, also against knife (tantodori), sword (tachidori) and staff (jodori).

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Here you find instructive video clips of kotegaeshi against some basic attacks.

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Here you find instructive video clips of koshinage against some basic attacks.

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Here you find an instructive video clip of yonkyo against the shomenuchi attack.

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Here you find an instructive video clip of nikyo against some basic attacks.

Tanto dori

This is the aikido technique kotegaeshi against knife attacks. Other tantodori (knife defense) videos follow on this YouTube playlist.

Nishio Sensei Videos

This is the first of five videos from a 1993 Shoji Nishio sensei (8 dan) seminar in our dojo Enighet. The other four videos follow on this YouTube playlist.

My Aikido Books

Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles

Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Attacks in Aikido. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido

How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


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