IWAMA STYLE AIKIDO endeavours to stay true to
the basic AIKIDO taught by O- Sensei, with students learning
tai-jutsu (hand to hand) techniques along with and in relation
to the methods of Bokken and Jo (wooden sword and staff). As O'Sensei's
most loyal student Saito Sensei was the only one to receive, as a legacy,
a deep understanding of Aiki ken and Aiki Jo.
Hitohiro Saito Sensei, son of and successor to Morihiro Saito Sensei, grew up at the Founder's Dojo and always lived there. He had O Sensei as his first teacher and was then taught by Morihiro Saito Sensei.
In order to preserve his father's task
and so preserve O Sensei's Aikido he created Iwama Shinshin
Aiki Shurenkai in 2004.