Mitsunari Kanai on O-Sensei from upcoming “Aikido Pioneers – Postwar Era”

“I think that O-Sensei is the man who was able to underpin the ideal of brotherly love with security. That is to say, his art has a person move back and forth between life and death, to experience enlightenment of the self, and to express love for mankind. It was in this sense that he was different from previous martial art practitioners.”

The above comment by the late Mitsunari Kanai Sensei is excerpted from our upcoming “Aikido Pioneers – Postwar Era,” to be published soon. It will contain interviews with 21 of the leading figures of the Aikido world from the postwar period. Stay tuned for more information.

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  1. …i think the emotion of empathy, even love, often arises in and between warriors. won’t try to explain it. a Marine sharpshooter wrote a poem about it published in USNI Proceedings within the last year. O Sensei lived it and taught it.

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