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…)
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…)
Ulf Evenas Shihan was born on 3 of November 1946 in Trollhattan, Sweden. His budo way began with a Kyokushin Karate but soon after, in 1968, he switched to Aikido which he studied under Carl Hansson in Gothenburg who had a background in Judo, Ju-Jitsu. (more…)
Yoshiaki Yokota Shihan was born in 1958. He started doing budo with a judo and became a Captain of the Judo Club in a Junior High School at the age of 12. He soon found more interest in Karate and had an Aikido club in a High School. So at the age of 15 he was doing both Karate and Aikido. (more…)
Masatomi Ikeda was born in Tokyo, Japan on 8 April 1940. He is a Japanese aikido teacher who holds the rank of 7th dan Aikikai and a status of Shihan. He was already deeply interested in budo before he started his aikido way. He was able to achive a 4th dan in judo and a 5th dan in sumo through the course of life. (more…)
Steven Seagal is a well known actor, producer, screenwriter, musician… Ukraine Bans Steven Seagal Over ‘National Security’, Steven Seagal asked to teach Aikido to Serbia’s special police forces, Steven Seagal granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin, Is Steven Seagal actually a police officer?, Is Steven Seagal actually a martial artist? Still, there are a lot of interesting and not much known facts about his life and especially from the aikido perspective.
Ryuji Shirakawa was born on 4th September 1980 and started aikido at 15 years. Ryuji lived in Kobayashi’s Dojo as an uchideshi, traveled to Germany to learn under Katsuaki Asai Sensei, lived in Calgary Aikikai in Canada. But let’s make it fare right from the start… (more…)
Nobuo Takase Shihan was born on February 6, 1947 in Himeji, Japan. He began studying Aikido at Kogakkan University in Ise, Japan and was learning under O-Sensei himself, Kazuo Chiba, Mitsunari Kanai, Norihiko Ichihashi and Nobuyuki Watanabe. (more…)