A photo portrait of Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, taken during his last USA visit (2000)

I snapped this photo of Morihiro Saito Sensei during a seminar he taught in Rohnert Park, California, on his last visit to the USA. He was conducting a weapons class outdoors on the lawn, and I took this shot as he was observing his students practice. I added the following caption: “I consider it my duty to correctly transmit O-Sensei’s teachings as I was taught in Iwama.” I feel that this quote from Saito Sensei is key to understanding his technical orientation and pedagogy and his total dedication to Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

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