Yasuo Kobayashi, 8th dan, enrolled in the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1954 at the age of 18 while a student at Meiji University. After teaching at the Aikikai and various university clubs for several years, he established his own dojo in Kodaira in 1969. Kobayashi Sensei’s dojo network spread in size both in Japan and abroad and presently numbers more than 120 schools. He has made numerous overseas trips to conduct seminars. Kobayashi Sensei is assisted by his son, Hiroaki, and a group of professional aikido instructors that belong to the Kobayashi Dojos organization.
This demonstration was held in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Kobayashi Dojos, the organization formed within the Aikikai umbrella in 1969 by Yasuo Kobayashi, 8th dan. This clip captures Kobayashi Sensei performance in its entirety. His art bears the stamp of his formation within the Aikikai. It is very flowing and beautiful. In particular, his demonstration of suwariwaza (seated) technique is exemplary. Many years went into developing this ability to work freely from a seated position.
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