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    In June this year, just before heading to Europe for my series of summer seminars, I traveled to Kyoto to attend the 14th International Aikido Seminar organized by Aikido Kyoto. The organization celebrated its 15th year of existence and its founder, Okamoto Yoko Shihan, was the very first Sensei who agreed to let me shoot ...
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    Christopher Mulligan began training Aikido in 1972. Along with his wife Okamoto Yoko, he established the Portland Aikikai under the tutelage of Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan. The couple later moved to Japan and founded Aikido Kyoto, where they both teach children and adult classes. Through the years, they have made Aikido Kyoto one of the most ...
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    Kobayashi Yasuo Shihan holds the rank of 8th dan of Aikikai. He became a student of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo is 1955 where he studied, among others, under the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei. Kobayashi Sensei is head of Aikido Kobayashi Dojos, one of the largest Aikido groups in Japan, with over 120 dojos, and ...
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    Kobayashi Yasuo Shihan is one of the last living uchi deshi of the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei. Unlike many of his peers, he did not chose to settle abroad, but to help diffuse Aikido whithin Japan. Nowadays, he is the head of Kobayashi Dojo, one of the largest group of Dojos in Japan, with ...
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    Whistlekick is a weekly podcast that focuses on the martial arts through interviews and focused discussions. Past guests include Chrisine Bannon-Rodrigues, Dave Kovar,  Mike Chat, Tony Blauer, Victor Moore, Freddie LaPan and many others. When Jeremy Lesniak, the podcast owner, contacted me to invite me to his show, I expected that I was going in to ...
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    Tada Hiroshi Shihan is one of the last living students of O Sensei Ueshiba Morihei. He has taught some of the greatest teachers in activity, both in Japan and abroad. He Shihan currently holds the rank of 9th Dan, which makes him the highest ranking instructor in the Hombu Dojo’s hierarchy. Tada Shihan is know for ...
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    As the site seems to be becoming more and more popular (especially via the YouTube channel I think), I tend to receive more and more requests for participation in various projects. Given my geographical location and my schedule, it is sometimes difficult to accept everything, but when a request does not require that I invest ...
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    This is the second part of my interview with Peter Goldsbury, 7th Dan Aikikai and former chairman of the International Aikido Federation. After discussing his beginnings in Aikido in the first part, we discuss here the history of Aikido, a subject that Peter Goldsbury knows particularly well since he is himself a professor of philosophy ...
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    Janet Clift is a 6th Dan British Aikido instructor who runs a full time dojo Athens, Greece. She started Aikido as a child and became one of the youngest Shodan in Britain. Janet Clift was among the three female instructors who taught during the 12th International Aikido Federation Congress that took place in Takasaki (Gunma, ...
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    The 12th Congress of the International Aikido Federation was an opportunity for me to meet many teachers and practitioners. One of them was none other than Micheline Tissier. I suggested to her to make use of our time during the week in Takasaki to sit down and discuss about her practice, as a follow up ...