Resources and links relevant to our training:

Core to our organization and style:

Birankai North America

Biran; The Aikido Journal of Birankai North America: 

Birankai Kyu guidelines (with weapons):

Birankai Weapons training PDF's (scroll down):

Study Guide: 5th kyu techniques guidelines:

Study Guide: 4th kyu techniques guidelines:

Dojo etiquette and guidelines at Multnomah Aikikai:



The Birankai North America Aikido and Iaido YouTube channel:

Video's from New Haven Aikido YoutUbe Channel (formerly known as Biran Online):


Video playlist of techniques appearing on the Birankai 5th kyu guidelines. Variations demonstrated by Birankai teachers:


Video clips of Chiba Sensei:

part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

part 4:

This clip includes bits of "Sansho 2":

This clip includes jo practice:

Chiba Sensei teaching Ushiro waza; "Pull your foot. As you did in the ai hanmi practice"

Browse more videos of Chiba Sensei:

Who is T.K. Chiba Sensei?



Video clips of Didier Boyet Sensei:


Boyet Sensei teaching aikido in Athens:

part 1:

part 2:


Video playlist of Boyet Sensei teaching at Aikido Daiwa 2017:


Video clips of Van Amburgh Sensei:

Our three basic jo strikes; tsuki, kesa and shomenuchi. Demonstrated by Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei:

Van Amburgh Sensei's 5.37 minute rolling lesson:


Collage of Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei teaching (2014):

Clip of Van Amburgh Sensei teaching at the 2015 Portland Area Friendship seminar:


More video resources:

How to fold a hakama, instructional video by Seido:

Video of Senseis Jenny Flower and Robert Savoca demonstrating:

Sansho 3 (jo and bokken):

San no tachi (bokken):

Videos from Aikido Express Video Lab available on the Forest Grove Aikido site:


Learn about aikido culture and history:

The Aikido Student Handbook by Greg O'Connor. Excerpts can be read online via google books. Read "What is a Dojo?" and "common questions" beginners have when starting  training. Excellent reference for new students:

Aikido FAQ

The Aikido Encyclopedia by Stanley Pranin:

Aikikai Foundation:

Video of Morihei Ueshiba from 1957:



Aiki World, created by Greg O'Connor Sensei includes terms used in aikido training, iaido forms and glossaries:


Doka - poetic songs of the way:

Reflections on 2012, Aikido and Life lessons, Wiltshire Martial Arts:

Inspiration to continue training from Tamura Shihan:


Article about our Iaido style:

Iaido videos by Mike Flynn Sensei:

video of Mike Flynn Sensei teaching iaido in Athens:

video series of Didier Boyet Sensei teaching iaido principles with bokken in Athens:

video of Daniel Kempling Sensei demonstrating our standing forms:

video of Heins sensei demonstrating  chuden forms 1-3:

video of the muso shinden ryu sitting forms:


Related sites:

Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei's external sites:

Concise overview of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education:

Frequently recommended Feldenkrais® lessons:



Abundant Peace, a biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, by John Stevens


The Spirit of Aikido by Kisshomaru Ueshiba


Aikido Student Handbook by Greg O'Connor


Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido, by Morihei Ueshiba, translated by John Stevens


The Art of Slowing Down by Edward Yu


The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle


The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement by Frank Wildman



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