Sep
24

Teaching at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo: “Morihiro Saito Sensei’s classes were very popular and many Tokyo students would gather on Sunday mornings to practice taijutsu and the aiki ken and jo “

By the late 1950s, Saito Sensei had become a powerhouse and one of the top shihan in the Aikikai system, teaching regularly at the Iwama Dojo in Ueshiba’s absence. He also began instructing on a weekly basis at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo starting in 1961 and was the only teacher besides the founder himself to be permitted to teach aiki weapons there. His classes were very popular and many Tokyo students would gather on Sunday mornings to practice taijutsu and the aiki ken and jo with him…

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