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Shihan Profile : Iwatani Kosaku Sensei PDF Print E-mail
Written by Raphael Ravago   
Sunday, 27 November 2016 22:51

In recent correspondences with Komenoi Sensei, we were pleased to learn the identity of his Aikido mentor in the person of Sensei Iwakiri Kosaku (岩切光作).  Moreso, we are further elated to learn from Sensei Ito of Aikikai that Sensei Iwakiri is still an active instructor in his own dojo.

Iwakiri Shihan seated with Komenoi Sensei Iwakiri Shihan with members of Sakado Aikikai Association

Through a short anecdote posted in an article in Aikido Tansaku volume 41, we catch a glimpse of his beginnings as a student of O-Sensei. (From: Twitter - morihei_bot)


Chief Iwakiri Kosaku, Head of Sakado Aikido Association, relates : In Showa 31 (1956) when I was 18 years old, i made my first visit to Honbu dojo when the founder O-Sensei happened to be at the entrance area.  Not knowing who he was at the time, I politely asked him "I would like to take a look at Aikido".  No sooner had I said that when he clapped his hands and instructed someone saying "Bring this young one to the dojo.".  Before i knew it, I was already attending keiko wearing an old dogi that was handed to me.  (From Aikido Tansaku, vol 41, p 40)

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