Recommended reading: “Interview with Bansen Tanaka” by Stanley Pranin

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

O-Sensei came to a police office in Osaka in October 1951 when it started to become cold. He often gave courses at the Sonezaki Police Office in the city. The chief of the headquarters at that time was the late Mr. Kenji Tomita who was the former managing director of the aikikai. It was in this connection that O-Sensei came to Osaka after the war. He contacted the police over the phone and requested that “the man named Tanaka who lived in Suita in the old days” be called over. Since the police are experts in this type of matter they immediately came to me and I rushed over to see O-Sensei.

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  1. If you haven’t read this before, it’s good background.

  2. kseniya says:

    This was an effect my current teacher had on me- neutralizing anger by kindness.

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