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Listing [the uchideshi] in order of enrollment, there were Mr. Nobuyoshi Tamura, Mr. Nishiuchi, Mr. Yoshio Kuroiwa, myself, Mr. Masamichi Noro [founder of the Ki no Michi based in Paris, France], and Mr. Yasuo Kobayashi. People like Mr. Yoshimitsu Yamada [New York Aikikai], Mr. Kazuo Chiba [San Diego Aikikai], Mr. Seiichi Sugano [New York Aikikai], and Mr. Mitsunari Kanai [New England Aikikai] enrolled much later. Around 1959, Mitsugi Saotome [founder of Aikido Schools of Ueshiba in the U.S.A.] came to the Hombu Dojo from the Kuwamori Dojo. Besides the uchideshi there were people like Mr. Ikuo Iimura, Mr. Kubodera, Mr. Matoba, who took beautiful ukemi, Mr. Sakai, and Mr. Hiroshi Kato.

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