American soldiers made fun of me! “Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama,” by Stanley Pranin

There in Chitose there were many wrestlers and boxers and the like who came to make fun of what we were doing. Because of the wartime draft, there were all kinds of different people in the American military. Normally during aikido practice you enter and apply your technique as your opponent is moving in with his attack, but when I did that many of them would complain that they weren’t ready yet; they wanted me to let them get a good hold or choke on me and then see if I could still do my techniques…

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