San Francisco Aikido Project

San Francisco Aikido Project

This is an outstanding video featuring Christian Tissier, James Friedman, Bruce Bookman, and Clovis Silva as they appeared at the 2009 San Francisco Aikido Project. These top Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors participated in the event hosted by the Suginami Aiki in June 2009 in San Francisco, California.

This information-packed video series you won't want to miss captures highlights of these masters' seminars taught in an intimate setting that attracted many advanced martial artists. The programs runs a full 108 minutes filled with expert instruction and demonstrations.

The San Francisco Aikido Project is the brainchild of James Friedman Sensei of the Suginami Aikikai. This annual event has been held three years running and emphasizes a variety of Aikido styles while offering the opportunity of crosstraining in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Tai in a safe, supporting atmosphere.

The four featured instructors are world-class martial artists whose decades of experience will provide countless insights for the serious Aikido practitioner and jujutsu aficionado.

Christian Tissier was born in Paris in 1951 and began Aikido in 1962. In 1969, he traveled to Japan where he studied for seven years under famous masters, notably Seigo Yamaguchi and Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Tissier returned to Paris to found the Cercle Tissier and became one of the leading figures of the French FFAAA organization. He travels all over the world conducting seminars and is one of Aikido's most highly regarded instructors.

Expo demonstration by Christian Tissier -- The finale of this program is the dynamic public demonstration given by Tissier at the Aiki Expo that met with great public acclaim. In addition to his spectacular and graceful Aikido, Tissier demonstrates a series of kata from the Kashima Shin-ryu sword school that he mastered while in Japan.

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San Francisco Aikido Project