Knowing O-Sensei at Hombu in the 1960s: “Interview with Henry Kono” by Norm Ibuki

If he was in the back of the dojo he might come out every day. If he was away, you might not see him for three weeks. If he was there, he might come out for five or ten minutes then go back in. I saw him about 300 times in four years. He never explained what he did, he just did it! This is what I mean by magician. He did it and if you couldn’t discern what he did, there was no way to figure it out. He never explained anything but he left hints which were very difficult to discern because of the way he stated his ideas in very short phrases that no one could understand…

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  1. Thanks for posting, Henry offers a unique perspective on training at Hombu in the days of O’Sensei as well as a unique perspective on Aikido. I know some talented aikido teachers who really look up to Henry and go to his seminars whenever possible.

  2. I love this interview. Kono Sensei speaks so directly and straight from the heart. There is a lot to try out in one’s practice here. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Henry Kono’s approach to Aikido is unique and seemingly unbelievable for most Aikido people in the world. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Henry Kono on a few occations during a seminar in Orlando last year. There is no doubt in my mind that Henry Kono has exceptional Aikido skills, although I still struggle to fully understand the depth of his knowledge and how it applys to our physical bodies. Never the less I just love listening to Henry teach and find it an extremely facinating approach.

  4. Furthermore Henry Kono’s approach has completely changed my view on Aikido practice. This is especially true regarding the role of Uke and how the practice of Ukemi holds far more value than most relize possible.

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