“Kanshu Sunadomari: Wartime Student of Morihei Ueshiba,
and Founder of Manseikan Aikido”
This audio captures an early interview with Kanshu Sunadomari Sensei (1923-2010) conducted by Stanley Pranin and Aiki News Editor Ikuko Kimura in Kumamoto, Kyushu.
About Kanshu Sunadomari
Kanshu Sunadomari was from a family of devout Omoto believers. His elder step-brother, Kanemoto Sunadomari, was the author of the first biography of Morihei Ueshiba. His sister Fukiko was a confidante of O-Sensei for many years in the postwar period. Sunadomari Sensei was totally devoted to spreading the teachings of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and ran a private dojo in Kumamoto for over 55 years. He created an organization centered in Kyushu called “Manseikan Aikido.”
Sunadomari was noted for his dynamic ki no nagare technique and emphasis on the principle of kokyu. He was the author of several books on aikido, including one in English.
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File size: part 1, 59:48, 57 mb; part 2, 66:06, 57 mb
Note: Please use a headset to listen to this interview for best comprehension.