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…)

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Shoji Seki

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

Tsuruzo Miyamoto

Miyamoto Tsuruzo was born on March 30, 1953 in the island of Kyushu, Japan. A the age of 18 he entered the University of Fukuoka where he started doing Aikido under the Morito Suganuma Sensei who was already an important instructor from the Aikikai. (more…)

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Ikuhiro Kubota

Ikuhiro Kubota was born on June 19, 1943 in Kashihara, Nara, Japan. He is 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai and one of the biggest masters of the time in Japan. His main teacher and aikido-friend is Hiroshi Tada.

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Yoshiaki Yokota

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…)

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Christian Tissier

Christian Tissier was born on February 7, 1951 in Paris, France. He began aikido at the age of 11 under the Jean-Claude Tavernier in his native city and soon on moved to train under the Mutsuro Nakazono, 7 Dan Aikido Aikikai. In 1968 Christian received a 2nd Dan from Nakazono Sensei and made a plan to go to Japan after. (more…)

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Hiroshi Ikeda

Hiroshi Ikeda was born on January 8, 1950 in Tokyo, Japan. He joined the Kokugakuin University and the aikido club there of which Mitsugi Saotome Shihan was a chief instructor. After the graduation he trained regularly at Hombu Dojo of Aikikai and in Saotomes Reimeijuku Dojo in Tokyo.

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Nebi Vural

Nebi Vural Sensei was born on 29 September 1951 year near the Kars city, Turkey. At the age of 15 he started his martial arts way with the karate in Ankara. He practiced karate for 7 years and after that he learned judo and jujutsu also until he went to France to get his higher education. (more…)

Morito Suganuma

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. (more…)

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