Interview with Takako Kunigoshi: “The dainty lady who lit up Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo”

Morihei Ueshiba’s Kobukan Dojo was the base for O-Sensei’s professional teaching career. In the 1930s, it was bustling with activity and many youngsters and oldsters trained side by side. The dojo attracted primarily well-to-do persons from the elite of Japanese society. But there were exceptions too…

One of these was a young lady who attending art school who developed a passion for Aiki Budo. For several years, she trained regularly alongside the young, strong uchideshi being groomed by Morihei as instructors. Takako Kunigoshi made a tremendous contribution during this time frame that provides first-hand evidence of the techniques being taught by the Founder at this stage of his career. Read all about it in this interview.

“I drew the pictures for Budo Renshu (1934). I had Mr. Yonekawa or Mr. Tomiki pose for them. Everyday right after practice I would sketch them. Just as someone was about to go flying I would say, “Stop!” and they would go no further. At the instant of a throw I would say, “Hold it just a second there,” and get down most of what was happening. Then later, at my home, I would finish up the details…

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