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: