Thread: KazuoChiba
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:40 AM   #8
Dojo: Ren Shin Kan
Location: Birmingham
Join Date: Jun 2003
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United Kingdom
Re: KazuoChiba

Chiba sensei did indeed first go to Sunderland, however, not because it was a working class area.

He travelled to th UK from Japan by ship arranged by an Aikido practitioner (called Mr Rae I think - but can anyone confirm?) who was somehow connected to a shipping company based in Sunderland.

He had certainly moved to London by 1968 and remained there until his return to Japan in 1976, first of all at the Chiswick Dojo in Airedale Avenue and then at the Philbeach Gardens dojo in Earls Court.