"Move like a beam of light:
Fly like lightning,
Strike like thunder,
Whirl in circles around
A stable center."
Iwama Style Aikido
Saito was one of the few direct students of Aikido founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. He
considered it his duty to correctly transmit O'Sensei's
traditional teachings as he was taught in Iwama. O'Sensei called the art he perfected in
Iwama takemusu aikido, or "the inexhaustible font of aikido
Dennis Tatoian, founder of the
Traditional Aikido of Sonoma dojo, studied for many years under Saito Sensei. The students
of Traditional Aikido of Sonoma are fortunate to study and train the techniques and
philosophy handed down via direct lineage from the founder of Aikido.
The Aiki Shrine in Iwama
9th dan Shihan Aikikai. Started training 1946 with Morihei Ueshiba in
Iwama, he trained there with O'Sensei until O'Sensei's death in 1969. Saito-Sensei
author of 10 books on Aikido (Traditional Aikido 5 Vol. series; Takemusu Aikido 4 Vol.
series). He was head of the Ibaragi Dojo in Iwama and the guardian of the Aiki
Shrine until his death in May, 2002.