Yasunari Kitaura Sensei was born on May 25, 1937. Since 1967 he is an official representative of the Aikido Aikikai in Spain where he lives constantly. Kitaura Shihan is the 8 Dan Aikikai holder.
Not much of the people, who had a chance to learn under O-Sensei himself, are still with us these days. They are in demand even much more then it’s physically possible to a young man, not for the old ones which they are. Yasunari Kitaura is one of this small count.
Sensei learned aikido under the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba and his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba.
Usually, Sensei makes basic techniques and he likes them fast and wide. Sounds simple but I guess this is the hardest combination when you expect to make it precise.
Watch his ukes run on him from a distance. His magic is in those harmonic entrances.
Kitaura Sensei is still traveling with his seminars despite he’s over 80. What I know about a Sensei is that his Aikido is based on trusted students but there’s still a good chance to catch him if you really want it. Especially in Spain. where 50 years of Aikido has been celebrated in 2018.
By the way, ever heard of Shu Kitaura? I can see a lot of common in those moves. 6th dan Aikido Aikikai for your consideration.