Sugano Sword System

Newport Beach Aikido is rich with traditional aikido instruction from our Chief Sensei Pennewaert and the master swordsman “Sugano Shihan” with great technical expertise on the Sugano Shihan sword system and the strong understanding of Aikido basics. We are very fortunate to have captured rare moments during special Aikido Seminars at the Newport Beach Aikido dojo over the years and during special visits of guest Sensei(s) from around the globe. We are very pleased to offer high quality DVDs to ship and Instant Online Video Purchase.

About the Sugano Sword System: The late Sugano Shihan was from a nearly lost generation (only a few are left) of key uchi deshi (live-in-student) who studied daily and directly with the founder of aikido Morihei Ueshiba otherwise known respectfully as O-Sensei to aikidoist worldwide. As part of his training with O-Sensei, Sugano Shihan studied weapons and particularly with the bokken. Unfortunately, O-Sensei never established a systematic way of practicing with the sword. Sugano Shihan was a master swordsman and, like the rest of his aikido technique, known for his power and speed and uncanny sense of timing. Even as Sugano Shihan worked to create a systematic approach to practice with the sword, his instruction had always remained incredibly dynamic and constantly evolving. Sugano Shihan’s weapons instruction was organic and free from a any kind of formal kata. At the Shin Do Kan dojo in Newport Beach, California (where Sugano Shihan would teach twice a year), he would pair off the students and have them practice basic sword patterns with the bokken designed to develop correct body positioning (hanmi), timing, and increased awareness of distance. These patterns would have been lost to the world of aikido if it were not for his key students Tony Smibert, Robert Botterill, and Hanan Janic, but chiefly Gentil Pennewaert who supervised the video taping of Sugano Shihan’s way of practicing with the bokken. There five fundemental patterns (icho no ken, ni no ken, san no ken, yon no ken, and go no ken) presented over the course of two volumes (taped several years apart). These two volumes (available on DVD or download) are available now from the Shin do Kan Aikido dojo in California and through View Promo on Youtube here:

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Samurai Sword System

Sugano Sword System 1

Sugano Shihan, master swordsman, developed a systematic approach to studying the Samurai Sword with specific exercises that will take you to another level of understanding.

Download Price: $40.00

Sugano Sword System 2

The Sugano Sword System DVD is the second volume of Sugano Shihan’s systematic approach to learning the samurai sword which reveals specific patterns and its relationship to Aikido. 

Download Price: $40.00

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Buy the Sugano Sword System 1 and 2 and save 50%. Offer expires 6/2020. Payment is received securely via PayPal. Send us a request to order and your order will be confirmed via a PayPal invoice and a download link to follow.

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