May
21

“An Overview of Koichi Tohei’s Early Aikido Career,” by Stanley Pranin

Koichi Tohei in Goleta, California at the Aikido school of Ken Ota, April 1970. Photo courtesy of David Everett

Koichi Tohei in Goleta, California at the Aikido school of Ken Ota, April 1970. Photo courtesy of David Everett


From the viewpoint of the Aikikai, Tohei’s actions and attempts to dictate the technical curriculum and teaching methodology were unacceptable. In Tohei’s eyes, the aikido headquarters had snubbed his leadership and failed to sufficiently acknowledge his many accomplishments and contributions to the postwar spread of aikido, both in Japan and abroad. The contentious issue was further complicated by a web of long-standing personal relationships that had gone sour…

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Comments

  1. Steve Ota says:

    Dear Stanley,

    How are you? We haven’t seen each other in years. I wanted to make a small correction in a photo credit attached to this article.

    The picture, of Tohei Sensei, in this article should be credited to the Aikido Dojo of Ken (Kenji) Ota.in Goleta, CA., not Ken Goleta. Thank you.

    Regards,
    Steve Ota

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