I have been privileged to have been able to spend over twenty years (!) of my life studying Aikido with Shuji Maruyama, the founder of Kokikai Aikido. Since I started learning Kokikai Aikido here in Boston, I have seen many stunning improvements in technique which is very unusual in the Aikido world.
I never know what improvement Sensei has been working on at home in Japan, so this always gives me something to look forward to at camps and seminars he teaches to try to replicate Sensei's graceful technique is impossible, but he implores us to always try our best to achieve it.
Sensei was born in Japan and now resides there in outside of Nagoya where he teaches Aikido. Although busy with his thriving dojo in Japan, "Sensei" as well call his has many more American students throughout the country. We are fortunate that Sensei is still actively teaching Aikido and visiting the United States several times a year to conduct classes, seminars and camps. Please join us and find out the latest improvements in Aikido as a form of self defense.
Heather Randolph, Sensei.
1953 - Tohei, Sensei's instructor a high ranking Aikido practitioner, visits Hawaii to introduce Aikido to America
Sensei starts training with Tohei, who is a friend of the family, when he returns from Hawaii in Iwama. Aikido practice was officially prohibited at the time but the practice held in a converted rice shed was unnoticed by authorities.
Sensei studies with Ueshiba
Early Sixties - Sensei goes to Nippon University in Tokyo and received an introduction so is able to practice Aikido at Ueshiba's Aikido school in Tokyo.
Sensei Visits USA
1966 (March 3) - Invited by Ohio Judo/Karate Association to come to New York. In Cleveland, Sensei encountered students of different martial arts who tried to "test" Aikido. Sensei noticed cultural differences between Americans and Japanese, as he says...