Another important film in our video archives is a rare video clip of Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, the late 10th dan, as he appeared at the 1983 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. His main uke here, the young man with the long hair, is none other than Clint George Sensei of Montana who spent many years in Shingu City in Wakayama Prefecture studying under Hikitsuchi Sensei.
Hikitsuchi Sensei himself actually first met and trained with Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei as a boy before the war. Then beginning in the early 50s he opened a private dojo, the Kumano Juku, and had regular contact with the Founder who would often visit Shingu on his trips to the Kansai area.
Just prior to O-Sensei’s passing, he promoted Hikitsuchi Sensei to 10th dan. Hikitsuchi Sensei taught in Shingu for more than five decades and literally hundreds of foreign spent time there training. He passed away on February 1, 2004.
Readers may view this clip by going Michio Hikitsuchi at 1983 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration.
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