Iwama Aikido

Traditional Aikido: As Taught in Iwama, Japan


Alexander Sensei's Dragon Times Articles

The following articles written by Alexander Sensei originally appeared in Dragon Times magazine.

  1. Budo - The Martial Way.
  2. Aikido and Competition.
  3. Levels of Technique in Aikido Training.
  4. Offensive Techniques in Aikido.
  5. Constructive and Counterproductive Use of Resistance in Aikido Training.

Alexander Sensei's Unpublished Articles

The following articles were written by Alexander Sensei in the last 1990s. It is unknown if they have ever been published before.

  1. Kokyu Ryoku.
  2. Awase - The Principle of Aiki.

Tales From Iwama

David Alexander Sensei had the rare, invaluable experience of training in Iwama in the 1970s. Not only did he get to spend 10 years training under Saito Sensei, but he got to spend those particular 10 years training with Saito Sensei while Saito Sensei was in his prime. No other foreign student had the advantage of staying in Iwama that long at that particular period of time.

Luckily, Alexander Sensei has agreed to share some of his experiences with the rest of us. This section of the website will be a forum for him to share some of the wisdom and anecdotes he took from his training in Iwama.

Alexander Sensei's Navy Memoirs

A set a small stories (similar to the Tales From Iwama) about Alexander Sensei's experiences in the Navy.

Alexander Sensei's Book - Danger Close

Danger Close is a short military novel written by David Alexander Sensei that he opted not to publish. He's made it freely availabe via Iwama-Aikido.com for anybody intersted in reading it.


An interview with Morihiro Saito Sensei conducted by Mats Alexandersson.


An elegy for Morihiro Saito Sensei by T.K. Chiba Sensei with a preface by David Alexander Sensei.