Stanley Pranin

Stanley Pranin

9 Episodes

Stanley Pranin (1945-2017) was the founder and editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal (formerly Aiki News). A researcher and archivist of aikido, he created a vast collection of stories, interviews, videos, and analyses. Stanley Pranin was a highly influential and pioneering figure in the aikido world. He pursued a life path of relentless discovery and efforts to promote and elevate the art of aikido.

Pranin originally began practicing aikido in California in 1962. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he taught aikido in California. In 1974, Pranin founded the journal Aiki News; in 1977 he moved to Japan, living there for 20 years and continuing to publish his journal in Japanese and English. Later, returning to America, Stan transformed Aiki News into Aikido Journal, and led its transition into the digital age.

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  • Stanley Pranin Instruction at San Leandro

    Episode 1

    An excerpt from a class with Stan at Aikido of San Leandro (Patricia Hendricks Shihan's dojo) in 2014. Stan explores key differences between modern aikido and O-Sensei's early aikido.

  • Christian Tissier: On Stanley Pranin

    Episode 2

    Christian Tisser Shihan remembering Stanley Pranin. Interview was conducted in May 2017 in San Francisco.

  • Stanley Pranin: On Weapons in Aikido

    Episode 3

    A short video editorial by Stanley Pranin on the role of weapons training in aikido. Stan describes the two main schools of thought and discusses the historical events that influenced these two divergent approaches.

    The aiki-jo video course Stan references in this video is now available on A...

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 1 Morihei's Kyoju-Dairi (Daito-ryu)

    Episode 4

    This is Episode 1 of a three-part historical series. In this video, Stan Pranin translates Morihei Ueshiba's Daito-ryu teaching certificate, or "Kyoju-Dairi," issued by Sokaku Takeda. Mr. Pranin explains the historical importance of the certificate.

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 2 Mongolian Expedition

    Episode 5

    This is Episode 2 of a three-part historical series. Narrated by Stanley Pranin, this episode provides background information on a photo of Morihei Ueshiba and Masazumi Matsumura taken during O-Sensei's failed (but adventurous) 1924 Mongolian Expedition.

  • Stanley Pranin: On the post-war Aikikai

    Episode 6

    Stanley Pranin discusses the post-war Aikikai during a Q&A session in 2016. This was one of the last of such events Pranin Sensei led before his passing in 2017.

  • A Focus on History: Ep. 3 Morihei's Jodori

    Episode 7

    This is Episode 3 of a three-part historical series. Narrated by Stanley Pranin, this episode provides details related to a photo of an indoor jodori demonstration by Morihei Ueshiba. His uke is Kishomaru Ueshiba, the future Doshu.

  • Stanley Pranin: Hikitsuchi Sensei and the 10th dans

    Episode 8

    Stanley Pranin discusses his experience with Hikitsuchi Sensei and talks about the aikido 10th dans.

  • Stanley Pranin: The Essence of Aiki

    Episode 9

    Stanley Pranin discusses his thoughts on the essence of Aiki in this short discussion segment.