Recommended reading: “Interview with Bill Witt” by Stanley Pranin

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I started training in July of 1967 and after I had been in Japan a couple of months, a friend, Julian Jacobs, asked me if I ever went to Sunday class. I was training six days a week and resting on Sunday, so I told him I hadn’t. “You ought to go to some of Saito Sensei’s classes because he does some very good basic aikido,” he said. That seemed interesting, so I started going and whenever Saito Sensei taught O-Sensei would seem to come out too. I was really impressed right from the very first because here was a guy who was not too flashy but nice and solid with good basic technique who was willing to help beginners and who seemed very friendly.

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  1. I only had a few opportunities to train in Saito Sensei’s class, but thanks to Bill Witt, I hope I might have gotten a good idea of his material.

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