Kei Izawa (Chairman of the International Aikido Federation) and I recently travelled from Tokyo to the Ibaraki prefecture in order to conduct an interview of Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan, 8th Dan Aikikai, and direct student of O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei for twenty years.
Isoyama served as the head instructor of the Aikikai Ibaraki Dojo and while retired, he still acts as an advisor. Like many of us, most of what I knew from Isoyama Sensei was through his very intense demonstrations, and the fact that his practice has been a very strong influence of American actor Steven Seagal. When I eventually met him, and during subsequent private meetings with him, I realized that behind the strong practice, there was a very intelligent and thoughtful individual. We connected very quickly and I like to think that he saw in a positive light my attempts to understand Aikido's history.
Interview with Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan