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Etsuji Horii

Etsuji Horii Sensei was born on May 5, 1964 in Osaka, Japan. When he was at Junior High School, at the age of 14, he joined the local Aikido Club. During the spring holidays he was able to go to Hombu and trained there for a full week and became fully dedicated from this time on. Two years later Etsuji Horii joined the technical college where the Aikido Club was absent and he organized his own. He spent 5 years more years doing Aikido there. Right after his graduation Sensei joined Hombu again but this time as an uchideshi. (more…)

Interview with Hiroyuki Sakurai

The interview with Hiroyuki Sakurai, 6 Dan Aikido Aikikai Hombu Dojo Shihan was taken on June 9, 2018 during the third seminar with the Sensei at Chisinau, Moldova. I had my chance to ask Sensei during the lunch break between the classes. Best regards to the main organizer of the seminar Vitalie Oncea 5 Dan Aikido Aikikai and Rado Marinov 5 Dan Aikido Aikikai for helping with the translation. (more…)

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Yukimitsu Kobayashi

Yukimitsu Kobayashi was born on 15 April 1960. While in the elementary and middle school he attended Judo for six years. He also trained baseball which was and is highly popular in Japan. At 18 years old Yukimitsu attended University where he studied Law and Jurisprudence. This is where he met his first Aikido teacher in the face of the Masando Sasaki who was a direct disciple of the O’Sensei and Tamura. (more…)

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Patrick Cassidy

Patrick Cassidy is a 6th dan Aikikai Aikido instructor. He has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. His primary teacher was Saito Morihiro Shihan (1928 – 2002), whom he studied with in Japan for 6 ½ years. He also spent extended time studying with Robert Nadeau Shihan, Peter Ralston and Richard Moon Sensei.
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