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AikiWeb System 09-15-2013 08:01 PM

Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Posted 2013-09-15 15:55:19 by Michael Hackett


Robert Koga Sensei passed away peacefully on September 8th, surrounded by friends and family after contracting mesothelioma. A celebration of his life will be held sometime in the next 30-45 days. The Koga Institute will continue to operate with his senior instructors according to his wishes.

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aikishihan 09-15-2013 09:56 PM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Sincere condolences to the bereaved family, friends and colleagues of the late Koga Sensei. He was an early pioneer of sharing Aikido beyond the confines of the traditional dojo setting, introducing and developing his Aikido ideas with the Los Angeles Police and its cadet training department.

He will be missed, but his example will be carried forth as he envisioned.

May he Rest in the Peace he so richly deserves.

Michael Hackett 09-16-2013 11:09 AM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Bob Koga wasn't a mainstream aikido instructor and wasn't known for his beautiful and flowing aikido. As a Los Angeles police officer he recognized that officers of his department weren't well trained for physical altercations in the 1950s. In those days defensive tactics training largely amounted to striking suspects and frequently both officer and suspect would end up in a brawl that left both injured and bleeding. Bob believed strongly that there was a better way. He began by taking from both judo and aikido those techniques that could be easily learned, could be performed well without years of practice and training, and could be applied effectively. That grew into the Koga Method and after years of testing at the LAPD Academy was ultimately adopted by the department. Eventually the techniques that Bob Koga developed and taught were adopted by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and were taught at least in part to every peace officer in California. Over the years those same practices were adopted across the United States by the vast majority of police agencies. Today it is pretty difficult to see the difference in a "single arm take-down" and ikkyo. At least those of us who served, or are serving in law enforcement owe a great debt to Robert Koga Sensei.

Over-riding his great skill as a teacher and trainer was his sense of humor and spirit of fun. He will be missed and I'm certainly grateful for having known him.

No Give Up!

ramenboy 09-16-2013 03:58 PM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Quote:

Michael Hackett wrote: (Post 329959)
Bob Koga wasn't a mainstream aikido instructor and wasn't known for his beautiful and flowing aikido. As a Los Angeles police officer he recognized that officers of his department weren't well trained for physical altercations in the 1950s. In those days defensive tactics training largely amounted to striking suspects and frequently both officer and suspect would end up in a brawl that left both injured and bleeding. Bob believed strongly that there was a better way. He began by taking from both judo and aikido those techniques that could be easily learned, could be performed well without years of practice and training, and could be applied effectively. That grew into the Koga Method and after years of testing at the LAPD Academy was ultimately adopted by the department. Eventually the techniques that Bob Koga developed and taught were adopted by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and were taught at least in part to every peace officer in California. Over the years those same practices were adopted across the United States by the vast majority of police agencies. Today it is pretty difficult to see the difference in a "single arm take-down" and ikkyo. At least those of us who served, or are serving in law enforcement owe a great debt to Robert Koga Sensei.

Over-riding his great skill as a teacher and trainer was his sense of humor and spirit of fun. He will be missed and I'm certainly grateful for having known him.

No Give Up!

thanx for this mike.

i have to find the article that first brought mr koga's 'aikido' to my attention. how he had the 'blessing' from tohei sensei to develop a more tactical movement for LEOs.

and in that article, he mentioned the motto of his school, which came from when some judoka would visit from japan to compete and train. they'd fight, throw, pin, and as he was on the verge of exhaustion, would tell him 'no giva up.'

the man will be missed

RIP

Dan Rubin 09-16-2013 08:27 PM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Thank you, Michael, for posting this sad news. I’ve been out of the loop for several years and wasn’t aware that Bob was ill. He will always be an important figure in my life.

Alex Megann 09-17-2013 06:10 AM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
I'd heard the name, but I didn't know much at all about Robert Koga.

Here is a nice clip of him I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82nD9IlYqRg

I like that. Very practical and calm and effective.

Alex

sakumeikan 09-17-2013 10:51 AM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Quote:

Alex Megann wrote: (Post 329977)
I'd heard the name, but I didn't know much at all about Robert Koga.

Here is a nice clip of him I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82nD9IlYqRg

I like that. Very practical and calm and effective.

Alex

``````````````Hi Alex,
As you stated the vid showed no fancy dan stuff. Just good old joint locks etc.A bit of old school waza. Cheers, Joe,

SeiserL 09-17-2013 05:44 PM

Re: Passing of Robert Koga Sensei
 
Compassion and Condolences.


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