Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (36): The Turmoil of War” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

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Vigorous newcomers like Shin Tamaoki, Toshinobu Matsumoto, and Koichi Tohei arrived to replace the men of the “Hell Dojo.” Mr. Tohei began in 1941 and at present is active with his own organization called the ‘Ki no Kenkyukai’ and his system of ‘Shin-shin Toitsu Aikido.’ The present chief instructor of the Aikikai Headquarters, Kisaburo Osawa, also joined around the same time as did Hombu Dojo Shihan, Mr. Shigenobu Okumura. Their arrival seemed to dissipate the feeling of emptiness around the Kobukan.

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