Hirokazu Kobayashi (February 14, 1929 – August 28, 1998) was an Aikido teacher with a rank of 8 Dan. He created Kobayashi Aikido style that is still practiced around the world.
Hirokazu Kobayashi was practicing Karate, Kendo, and Judo since an early age. At the age of 15, he was defined as a kamikaze pilot on the aircraft carrier during WW2 but he was lucky enough to survive the war.
In 1946 Kobayashi got a recommendation letter for the Morihei Ueshiba. He went to Tokyo for the Aikido and stayed there for 8 years learning from the O’Sensei and taking ukemi for the last one. He continued to learn under O’Sensei even when he moved to Osaka until he left for Europe in 1964.
Sensei was teaching in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, India, Panama, and many other countries. He has a lot of high-ranked students. Jiro Kimura Shihan lives in Osaka and is considered to be Hirokazu Kobayashi’s successor.
Kobayashi style is known for the Meguri – wrist rotating techniques producing the maximum result with minimal levels of effort. His notable phrase is: “Teach everything you have, then you feel thirsty for a higher level.” Creating own style never made Hirokazu reject Aikikai.