Sadateru Arikawa, 9th dan: “He was talkative, tireless, severe yet cheerful, fearsome on the mat, and fiercely loyal to the Ueshiba family”

My staff would dread these visits by Sensei because it would interrupt their work flow. Also, no one other than me had such an unquenchable interest in aikido history that I shared with Arikawa Sensei. Besides, many people found it difficult to understand his speech, myself included, because he talked in a scarcely audible, raspy voice. I never could figure out why Sensei talked in this way until much later when he told me the story…

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