Passing of Yoshio Kuroiwa Sensei

We are saddened to announce the passing yesterday (January 19) in Tokyo of Yoshio Kuroiwa Sensei, age 77. He was one of the early members of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo of the postwar era. Kuroiwa Sensei began aikido training about 1954 after an extensive background in boxing. In the late 1950s and 60s Kuroiwa Sensei was considered one of the strongest and most skilled practitioners at the Hombu Dojo.

Kuroiwa Sensei was also an excellent writer and emphasized the practicality and effectiveness of aikido techniques. He published a series of articles in the magazine of Rikkyo University, Wago. Kuroiwa Sensei traveled to the USA on several occasions where he conducted seminars. He was also a participant in the first Aiki News Friendship Demonstration held in Tokyo in 1985.

Aikido Journal extends its deepest condolences to the Kuroiwa family and his many students.

Here are links to articles by Kuroiwa Sensei available in our archives:

A Common Sense Look at Aikido
Training and Cognition


  1. Goro Noritake says:

    Kuroiwa Sensei died at the age of 77 on January 19, 2010.

  2. Goro Noritake says:

    I was learning the aikido from Kuroiwasensei for 20 years.

    I feel sorry very much.

    Kuroiwasensei’s funeral is held in the jounen temple in Tokyo(Taitouku Asakusabasi 2-17-9) on January 22.

    Please tell it to all students who learn the aikido from the Kuroiwasensei.

  3. bruce baker says:

    I hope his students learned their lessons well and can pass on these lessons to their students. Such is our link to the past and how we honor our teachers as keep them alive in the living art that is passed on from teacher to student.

  4. Sensei, makoto ni arigatoogozaimashita!

    We have truly lost a giant of Aiki and of Aikido, in the untimely passing of Kuroiwa Sensei. His gifts of insight, generosity, compassion and passion for his art and craft will be sorely missed. His song was only partially sung, but those of us fortunate enough to hear it, will always be grateful.

    Deepest condolences to the Kuroiwa famlly, friends, and the innumerable fans and students of this remarkable martial artist.

  5. Clark Bateman says:

    Very sad news…

  6. Sad to hear of Kuroiwa Sensei’s passing. He came to NYC and taught for a week at Bond Street dojo. He classes made a great impression on me as I was a begginer at the time…

    Is there an address where we could send a card from our Dojo


  7. Goro Noritake says:

    The address of Kuroiwasensei is Taitou-ku Asakusabasi 2-17-9 Tokyo Japan.

    Sensei was a cigarette and coffee and the person who liked conversation above all.

    Kuroiwasennsei wanted to meet all conventional students before dying.

    We cannot meet Kuroiwasennsei.Please talk with sensei in your heart.

    Thank you.

  8. Jim Etkin says:

    I studied with Sensei in the mid 80’s. Though I don’t practice much anymore, I think about his lessons often. His teachings on “atari mae no koto” defined the essence of common sense, on the mat, and off.

    For all his knowledge and fierce skill, he was always friendly and humble.

    I had my last cup of coffee with Sensei in 2003 on a visit to Tokyo. This is very sad news.

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