“Kanshu Sunadomari’s mind-blowing performance at the 1st Friendship Demonstration,” by Stanley Pranin

Kanshu Sensei seemed like an excellent candidate for the 1st Friendship Demonstration and Fukiko was keen on the idea that we invite him. There were a couple of problems, one being that he had separated himself from the Aikikai shortly after Morihei’s passing in 1969. There was consequently a tension between him and his organization and the Aikikai. This made some of the other teachers somewhat nervous about Kanshu and how the Aikikai might react to his participation. It turned out that their fears were well founded. I have addressed that part of the story elsewhere…

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