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    Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan is one of the very last living students of O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei. He trained with the master for over 20 years, both in Iwama (Ibaraki), and as an assistant during his travels. Through the years, Isoyama Shihan has served the Ueshiba family faithfully, as the head instructor of the Aikikai Iwama ...
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    Kei Izawa (Chairman of the International Aikido Federation) and I recently traveled 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. Guillaume Erard and Kei Izawa interviewing Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan in Iwama Isoyama served ...
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    Like every year, I am meeting my colleagues and friends from the Hombu Dojo at Ueno station on a warm morning of April in order to take the train that will lead us to the town of Iwama in the Ibaraki prefecture. It is there that the annual celebration of the Aiki Jinja Tai Sai ...
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    Along with the Shinobukai, the Aiki-jinja Taisai is one of the yearly events that commemorate the death of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (26th of April 1969) and that of his son, Kisshomaru (4th of January 1999). While the Shinobukai takes place at the Hombu Dojo of the Aikikai in Tokyo, the Aiki-jinja Taisai ...
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    One of the most important yearly Aikido memorial events is the Aiki Jinja Tai Sai Festival that occurs on the 29th of April at the Aikido shrine in Iwama in the province of Ibaraki. The Aiki Jinja is a Shinto shrine built by Morihei Ueshiba himself in the aim of receiving the “spirit of Aikido”. ...