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Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1

Morito Suganuma Jugglers Hilo

Morito Suganuma Sensei faces dueling jugglers in Hilo Hawaii – 2013 Morito Suganuma (菅沼守人) was born in Fukushima, Japan in 1942. A regional pole vaulting champion in high school, he moved on to studying Aikido with Nobuyoshi Tamura in 1963 and then entered Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1967 as one of the last uchi-deshi to train … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Morito Suganuma – Part 1 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Yoshio Kuroiwa – Part 1

Yoshio Kuroiwa, boxer

The boxer – Yoshio Kuriowa (黒岩洋志雄), 1932-2010 Yoshio Kuroiwa Sensei was one of the most original and innovative students at the post-war Aikikai Hombu Dojo, often integrating movements from his extensive knowledge of boxing into his Aikido.  One of the strongest practitioners at the post-war Aikikai Hombu Dojo, his reputation led to an attempt by … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Yoshio Kuroiwa – Part 1 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Kato – Part 2

Hiroshi Kato and Morihei Ueshiba

  Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei in 1961, directly before leaving for Hawaii Hiroshi Kato Sensei by the door next to Kisaburo Osawa Sensei Hiroshi Kato was born in Tokyo on March 24th 1935, and entered Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1954 at the age of 18. He was one of the early post-war Aikido students at Aikikai … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Kato – Part 2 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Kato – Part 1

Kato HIroshi Sensei

Hiroshi Kato Sensei (1935-2012) Hiroshi Kato was born in Tokyo on March 24th 1935, and entered Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1954 at the age of 18. In 1975 he formed an informal practice group at the Suginami Ward Koenji Gymnasium near his home, and in April 1987 he established the Suginami Aikikai (杉並合気会) dojo in the Suginami … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Kato – Part 1 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Kanshu Sunadomari – Part 2

Kanshu Sunadomari at Ueshiba Dojo

Kanshu Sunadomari (砂泊 諴秀) in front of Ueshiba Dojo – 1954 Kanshu Sunadomari’s family had close ties to Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba through their belief in the Omoto-kyo religion. His older brother, Kanemoto Sunadomari (砂泊兼基), was one of the early students of O-Sensei and the author of the first biography of the Aikido Founder ever published. … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Kanshu Sunadomari – Part 2 »