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SAITO Hitohira sensei – International seminar in Rennes. France – Nov.2016.

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120 participants joined this fourth international seminar in Rennes. It has been a real pleasure to welcome Sensei and people from many various countries. People from Italy, Germany, Iran, Portugal, Morocco, Belgium, England, Switzerland, United States, Japan and of course France joined this seminar.

The visit of Sensei in Rennes, started on Thursday with a great moment as we meet up with a professional sculptor. Sensei was invited to make a “performance” by sculpting a bloc of clay with a theme of his choice. So that the sculptor and Sensei worked on different bloc of clay with a common theme. Sensei realized for his first experience a beautiful sculpture of a Dragon’s head. We all were amazed by how Sensei felt the sense of it and how he gave to the clay the shape of a dragon’s head. We shared a great moment.
Seminar started on Friday. Sensei had very kind regards on each one of us and was really involved in making adjustments to people’s moves and explaining us the sense of the techniques. He lays the emphasis upon his research on Ô sensei’s Aikido and gave many explanations upon how Aikido spread around the world in different ways. He also focuses on the importance to improve ourselves in our daily practice by using different key exercises.

After training, we had on Saturday a user-friendly party with sensei at the dojo.
The atmosphere was really close to an uchi-deshi party in Iwama and thanks to sensei, the represented dojos performed a specific song… So we had a very chilled out atmosphere and we all enjoyed this particular and privileged time.

Saito hitohira ken Rennes nov2016

This seminar really reinforced the strong links between the different Dojo and Aïkidoka. SAITO Hitohira sensei really rallied everybody under his incredible Aikido and showed us the importance of being all together to practice and feel such powerful instant. Sensei showed us beyond doubt that Aikido unifies people. During this seminar we felt very close to that old saying of Ô sensei:
“The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.”
Arigatou gozaimashita, sensei.

Olivier Eberhardt
Rennes – France.




Saito Sensei in the USA – 2016


In keeping with the long tradition of Iwama Aikido in Sonoma County, Dennis Tatoian and Takemusu Aikido of Sonoma (TAOS dojo group) were proud to host Hitohira Saito Soke for another great seminar in late October marking the third annual International Seminar for Aikidoka of all ages and skill levels from around the globe and United States.

Keiko this year focused on Bukiwaza and emphasized the importance of serious practice and the fundamental basics of the Aikiken and Aikijo curriculum of O’Sensei’s weapons practice that was codified into a uniform system of training by the great Morihiro Saito Shihan.

Sensei was quite gracious in his demeanor and spirits were high on the mat, which was full of many good friends who were all happy to train together and receive instruction from one of the world’s foremost practitioners of Aikido.

Many thanks to all our friends from local and far away dojo as well as cross-country and international travelers who made the long journey to wine country. We all eagerly look forward to next year’s seminar Octorber 13-15, 2017. Mark your calendars and join us!!!

Julian Shay




Sensei at Modena International Seminar – 2016

Sensei Modena 2016

On the 21st of September, Sensei arrived Wednesday evening, at 10:10 pm at Bologna Airport. Waiting for Him there were 3 persons: Fabio Luppi, the host, Alice, his daughter and Alessandro Tittarelli.
In one hour and half we got to Serramazzoni (MO), a nice Town, 800 meters height in the Apennines Modenese.
We checked in at “Scuola Alberghiera e di Ristorazione di Serramazzoni”( ), school famous throughout Italy for the excellent training of personnel Hospitality: Food and first class service.

22 September 2016:
Thursday morning, Fabio Luppi, Sensei and Alessandro Tittarelli, visited a big shopping center of Modena, the Grand Emilia ( where Sensei was able to see and even buy some local specialties. Lunch was at the Serramazzoni School. After lunch we relaxed, walked through the village and visit the Municipal Gym where the preparation for the koshukai [placing of the Tatami and the “Shomen”] was taking place. At around 6 pm teachers from Switzerland and Germany joined the group and we went for dinner at a local restaurant (Antica Trattoria Cacciatori)to eat venison (tortellini in broth, pappardelle, deer, wild boar etc … ).

23 September 2016
On Friday morning after breakfast the group went to visit a farm about 20 kilometers from Serramazzoni, in the land of Pavullo nel Frignano, where the owners (former students of hotel school) have built the ‘Agriturismo Casa Minelli ( Here Sensei, himself a farmer too, could see how the local Bio flour of ancient grains is produced also and especially how to produce balsamic vinegar older than 50 years.
Lunch was at the School in Serramazzoni.
We were ready for the koshukai!

About 100 people joined the koshukai and they came from the USA, UK, France, Macedonia, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Iran, Slovakia and Italy. Some important teachers also attended the koshukai such as Alessandro Tittarelli, (8th Dan), Alberto Boglio (6th Dan), Stephan Kurilla (6th Dan) and Akimasa Watanabe (6th Dan).
The training was fantastic and everybody simply loved it: Tachi Dori, Tanken Dori, Taijutsu (Kote Gaeshi, Irimi Nage…), Jo Dori, Jo Kata, Kumi Jo, Kumi Tachi and Kumi Tachi no Henka. The “Special Keiko” was on Nikyo and Sankyo Henka but also Kaeshi Waza from Nikyo (Sankyo and Ago Oshi) and Shiho Nage (Sutemi Waza).
A lot to study now that we are back home!!!

At the end of the koshukai, Francesca, Tittarelli sensei’s daughter, who is like a member of the Saito family, visited Sensei with her son Melquiades and husband Alain. Danilo di Teodoro, an old timer from Italy was with them. It was a wonderful family reunion during lunch time, on Sunday.
Sensei departed on monday morning back to Japan, where he arrived safely.

thank you very much for Your patience and teaching! It was a superb koshukai!

Thanks so much for the organization, the host Fabio Luppi with his students, and to Tittarelli shihan who is always on the back of every koshukai making it run smoothly.
Also thanks to the photographers Eric Savalli, Thomas Podzelny and Mirca Mazzavillani.

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Jukucho schedule for 2017

Hello everybody,
Here is the Sensei’s schedule for next year.
Please remember that this schedule might change without prior notice.

We wait for you in Iwama and in international seminars.

Until 5th January, approximately – New year holyday

2017 Schedule

January 15 – Kagamibiraki

February 30-8 – Philippines gasshuku

February 11 – Sensei`s 60th anniversary party

March 3-5 – Slovakia seminar

March 24-26 – Indonesia seminar

April 8-9 – Oosaka seminar

April 21-23 – Denmark seminar

June 10 – Iwama enbukai (international demonstration)

June 23-25 – Panama seminar

September 23-24 – Germany Waka Sensei

October 13-15 - California seminar

November 10-12 – Paris seminar

November 18-19 – Sensei will be absent

December 9-10 – Nagoya seminar

Mitsuyoshi Saito sensei in Paris – 2016

We were 70 on the tatami for Saito Mitsuyoshi Sensei’s first european seminar.

It was with honor that we received that young professor that managed to impress and captivate all practitioners. His technical precision and indications will stay in our mind for long!

Tenchi dojo is very happy to have been able to organise this seminar and we would like to thank Mitsuyoshi Sensei not only for his teachings but also for his good mood in or out of the tatami.

We would also like to thank deeply all the practitioners that came to this wonderful seminar, all the organizing team and of course, our dear professors!



It was a great honor for all Iwama Shin Shin Uruguayan deshi having received Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei in Uruguay.
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Mitsuyoshi Sensei arrived in Montevideo International Airport on April 4th 2016, escorted by Mario Silva and José.

On this day we went to visit the Ciudad Vieja, the most traditional Montevideo City district, and the Mercado del Puerto, we had a lunch at the “El Palenque” we took a delicious barbecue “Asado, Ojo de Bife y chorizo” and also octopus, “pimientos de Padrón” and Spanish Tortilla with local white and red wine for the lunch.

At night we had Dinner on a Brewery accompanied by Alberto Villarroel (Dominican Republic Dai Senpai) and Luis Amendola.

On April 5th, we went to visit the “Estancia”, an Uruguayan ranch style, nearby the “Arequita” mountain. We took a ride horse and surveyed the cattle.

Mitsuyoshi Saito’s Seminar started on April 6, 2016 and we had 6 keiko (bukiwaza and taijutsu) attended by 42 deshi.
Participant came from Argentina, Dominican Republic and from several Uruguayan cities like Maldonado, Atlántida and Montevideo.
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The Waza taught by Mitsuyoshi Sensei were:

TAI-JUTSU: Tai no Henko Kihon & Ki no Nagare,Morotedori Kokyu Ho Kihon & Oyo Waza, Riokatadori Kokyu nage (1 & Kata Nage), Ikkyo omote & ura, Nikkyo ura, Shihonage ura, Katatedori Iriminage Jodan (Tai no Henko katachi), Ni nin dori, Suwariwaza kokyu ho.

BUKI-WAZA: Ken no suburi 1~7, Go no awase, Ichi no tachi, Ni no tachi.

On April, 7th evening we offered a Sayonara Party, with Tango Show, to Mitsuyoshi Sensei.
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We would like to say thank you so much to Mitsuyoshi Saito Sensei for his teaching.

Domo arigatou gozaimashitá!!!!!
Mario Silva and all Iwama Shin Shin Uruguayan deshi.

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