Video: Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei: “Completion of the two-attacker throw. Note the “zanshin,” or abiding mind of Kondo Sensei reflected in his stance at the conclusion of the technique.”

I asked how they applied the body techniques to the ken, but no one showed me. Since there was nothing to be done about the situation, I began practicing the ken in 1955 soon after I began Aikido training. What else could I do? Nobody taught me! O-Sensei did sword techniques at lightning speed and would say, “That’s how you do it,” and then disappeared from the dojo. I tried in vain to understand what he was doing and the next moment he was gone.

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