Nov
26

Video: Mitsunari Kanai, 8th dan, at San Francisco Aikikai in 2003

Here is a beautiful portrait of the late Mitsunari Kanai, 8th dan, taken around 1979. Today we have posted an interesting video of highlights of a seminar Kanai Sensei gave at the San Francisco Aikikai the year before his passing. It amply demonstrates his powerful, precise style of aikido.

Mitsunari Kanai (1938-2004) was one of the last generation of uchideshi to be trained at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He trained at the Aikikai headquarters from 1958-1966 before being dispatched to the United States. He settled in Boston and established the New England Aikikai where he was active together with Yoshimitsu Yamada of the New York Aikikai in spreading aikido in the eastern United States.

Click here to watch the video of Mitsunari Kanai at the San Francisco Aikikai in 2003

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