Joe Thambu was born on 24 March, 1961 in Seremban, Malaysia. Thamby Rajah, his uncle, was the first Malaysian to grade black belts in Aikido and Judo. At 11 years old he entered uncles dojo which was next door to Joes home and he was practicing almost every day. Internationally famous martial artists were frequent visitors to his uncle’s school like Kenji Shimizu, Donn F. Draeger, Junichiro Yagi and others. Continue reading “Joe Thambu”
Juba Nour learned the aikido under the Master Kazuo Chiba, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. Starting from 1983 for 4 years he has been an uchideshi, a mostly chosen uke for the demonstrations, a big part of a powerfull show made by Chiba Sensei. Continue reading “Juba Nour and the Baja Aikido”
We’ve met Morito Suganuma Shihan earlier on the blog in a post with the warmups but he really deserves more… He was born on July 27, 1942 in Fukushima, Japan. He knew about the aikido from the early age and heard about O-Sensei few times but only at Asia University in Tokyo he was able to join a Nobuyoshi Tamura aikido class. He continued at the Hombu Dojo, where future sensei was surrounded by the greats with the Morihei Ueshiba as a head. Continue reading “Morito Suganuma”
Hiroshi Isoyama was born in 1937 and started to move through his aikido way at the age of 12, in June 1949 at Iwama Dojo under the Morihei Ueshiba. Training under O-Sensei continued for around 20 years of his life and is a main part of Hiroshi Isoyamas knowledge about the martial arts philosophy which he still transmits to his the world. Continue reading “Hiroshi Isoyama”
Katsuaki Asai was learning aikido under the guidance of the Morihei Ueshiba himself. He was born on 18 February, 1942 in Tokyo and joined Hombu Dojo in 1955 being just 13 years old. After 10 year of intensive trainings with O-Sensei Katsuaki was already a 4th Dan and been giving aikido lessons in Meiji University of Tokyo. Continue reading “Katsuaki Asai”
There are only few direct O-Sensei disciples left alive and Yamada Sensei is one of them. This is one reason he is so respected and demanded. The other and even bigger reason is is his high aikido skill, unique style and colossal contribution to aikido.
One of the last direct students of the Morihei Ueshiba. After the death of the founder made his own own schoold of the aikido named Tendoryu. He was holding a 7th dan in aikido at that time.