ryuji shirakawa during world combat games 2013

Ryuji Shirakawa

Ryuji Shirakawa was born on 4th September 1980 and started aikido at 15 years. He lived in Kobayashi’s Dojo as an uchi-deshi, traveled to Germany to learn under Katsuaki Asai Sensei, lived in Calgary Aikikai, Canada as an uchi-deshi. But let’s make it fare right from the start…

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morito suganuma all japan aikido demonstration

Morito Suganuma

We’ve met Morito Suganuma Shihan earlier on the site in a post with the warm-ups but he really deserves more… He was born on July 27, 1942, in Fukushima, Japan. He knew about the Aikido from an early age and heard about O-Sensei a few times but only at Asia University in Tokyo, he was able to join a Nobuyoshi Tamura‘s Aikido class. He continued at the Hombu Dojo, where future Sensei was surrounded by the greats with the Morihei Ueshiba as in charge.

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Nebi Vural

Nebi Vural Sensei was born on September 29, 1951, near the Kars city, Turkey. At the age of 15, he started his martial arts way with the Karate in Ankara. He practiced for 7 years and moved to Judo and Jujutsu until he moved to France to study.

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shoji seki aikido demonstration

Shoji Seki

Shoji Seki Shihan was born on 6 March 1950 in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.  While he was a student in a Musashi Institute of Technology in Tokyo a group of the aikidokas was giving a demonstration and in 1969 Shoji joined.

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mitsugi saotome

Mitsugi Saotome

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan is one of the few former OSensei’s uchi-deshi’s still alive. He saw with his eyes all those things we read about. Sensei fully devoted himself to the Aikido and Ueshiba’s and you will learn why inside.

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