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    Kobayashi Kiyohiro is an 8th dan instructor of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu. He was a close student of Hisa Takuma and serves as the manager of the Takumakai, the organisation that Hisa’s students created to carry on his teachings. My last interview with him dates back to 2011 and it dealt specifically with the group he is ...
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    The 41st edition of the Kobudo Demonstration took place at the Nippon Budokan on Sunday, February, 4th. this year also marked the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which is also, perhaps, an opportunity to reflect upon the nature of budo (martial way), and the elusive notion of bushido (warrior’s way). Like every year, 35 ...
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    Nakatsu Heizaburo (中津平三郎) was born on May 1, 1894 in Ikeda (池田町) in the Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island. He was a direct student of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu master Takeda Sokaku, with whom he studied for three years. Nakatsu Sensei is the teacher at the origin of the lineage of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu of Shikoku, which is ...
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    The Takumakai (琢磨会) is one of the major Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu organizations aiming to propagate the teachings of Takeda Sokaku Sensei. The Takumakai was formed by the students of Takuma Hisa Sensei and Nakatsu Heizaburo Sensei, who were both direct students of Takeda Sokaku and Ueshiba Morihei. Takuma Hisa Sensei Takuma Hisa (久 琢磨, c.1895 – October 31, ...
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    Kobayashi Kiyohiro Sensei is the manager of the Takumakai. He is one of the most senior instructors of that school and he has been learning Aikido in the early days at the Aikikai but also at the Yoshinkan dojo. He is a long time student of Hisa Takuma Sensei and he currently runs a dojo ...
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    The influence of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in the development of Aikido is now fairly well know and understood. This has led some Aikido practitioners to focus their attention towards learning the Daito-ryu techniques in order to complete what they might regard as a certain lack in nowadays’ Aikido teaching. Among these, Olivier Gaurin, a long time ...